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Love Rules in Longmont So, it’s 2017. Finally. Last year seemed a little rough for some, not so much for others, but whichever side of the line you land on, the birth of a new year brings with it hope for better things to come. Some of us treat it as a renewal of body, mind and spirit, making resolutions to do better and be better. Some of us look to reclaim ownership of our time. We write down goals to get fit, relax and maybe even become more familiar with the world at large. And just when we’re done making plans for ourselves, we have that special holiday to devote to the ones we love- Valentine’s Day. Your celebration of love may be as simple as spending a relaxing night in, making reservations for a special night out or going completely off-book and creating a totally new experience together. This edition has a few ideas to offer you all, whichever you may choose.



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The Firehouse Art Center serves as a gallery as well as studio space, giving visitors the chance to see artists in action. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

Firehouse isn’t just a place where art is displayed. It’s a place where art is created.

The Firehouse Art Center isn’t your typical museum. While Firehouse offers the sort of things you’d expect, like thoughtfully curated exhibits featuring both established and up-and-coming artists, there’s a whole lot more, too. January/February 2017

The facilities include studio floor space on the second fl oor where three artists in residence work their craft. Additionally, twice a year a fourth artist is invited to use the south gallery as adhoc studio space. For three months, the guest artist works on new pieces which are then featured in an exhibit in the main gallery.

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tor for the Art Center. “It’s a really exciting program,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for the community to connect.” That connection happens because, like the artists in residence upstairs, visitors are encouraged to watch the guest artist at work. It’s even okay to talk to the artist and ask questions about their work. This is a hands-on, community-centered approach that gives art lovers a rare kind of accessibility to artists in action. Durazo said the artists expect questions and are happy to visit. LONGMONT MAGAZINE 9

Artist, Sean Faling, with his unique and interactive exhibit. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

lot of my work.”

NOW SHOWING Sean Faling is the current guest artist. His exhibit opens on January 11 and runs through February 5. Durazo describes Faling’s work as “very interactive,” adding that it’s the kind of show that’s great for the whole family, including kids. “It’s really unique,” she said. Faling is a seasoned sound engineer who also happens to be a sculptor. His work incorporates both, blending the visual and auditory in interesting and unusual ways. “I use telephones a lot,” Faling said. “You’ll see that in a 10 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Originally from Detroit, Faling grew up in an area where there were plenty of discarded materials. He could comb through what others saw as nd all sorts of treasures. junk and fi find He was a painter at the time, but he was also drawn to the idea of repurposing old phones as synthesizers. He saw it as a way to give old equipment new life, and he liked the overall aesthetic of the classic push-button desk phone. “I try to emphasize a past relationship people have with everyday objects,” Faling said of the meaning behind his art. His work with older phones is a prime example. They’re familiar, for one. Anyone over a certain age can remember when phones weren’t something we slipped into our pockets, but something anchored to walls

by literal cords. But there’s more to it than that. As Faling explained, phones have always been used for communication. They are, quite literally, a means of building and maintaining relationships. His goal is to tease out that connection, exploring it in new ways. His exhibit includes several phones repurposed as tone generators. There are even a couple of phone booths, allowing Firehouse guests to experiment with these unique synthesizers with a degree of privacy. Faling wants folks to interact with his art. Every piece is designed to be used. Throughout the process of creating pieces for this exhibit, Faling had interaction with the public, as well. “It helped me make decisions,” he said. “It’s really great.” Perhaps because his sights are set on designing pieces people will want to get their hands on, Faling was especially receptive during his time in the south gallery. He said he got a lot January/February 2017

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Exhibits feature up and coming artists in a variety of medium. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

made adjustments. His interactions with Firehouse visitors had a very real impact on his work, reshaping it even as he was in the process of creating it. The exhibit is, not surprisingly, very kid-friendly. With plenty of opportunities to interact with the art, it’s the sort of thing ideally suited for a family outing. But Faling is quick to point out that children are not his target audience, per se. This isn’t a kid’s exhibit. It’s curiosity-provoking and meant for people of all ages. It’s worth mentioning, too, that Faling’s time at Firehouse was due in no small part to a grant from Oskar Blues’ Can’d Aid Foundation. The Can’d Aid Foundation supports all kinds of nonprofit, communitybuilding efforts. The guest artist program at Firehouse is a perfect fit for their support.

OTHER PROGRAMS In addition to the guest artist program, Firehouse offers several other exciting opportunities to the community. Every Friday night, there’s some12 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

thing going on. The first Friday of the month is film night. Second Friday’s are reserved for artist meetand-greets. On third Fridays, the Universal Peace Makers host an open mic night that includes poetry, spoken word, song, and any other form of expression geared toward diversity. Finally, the fourth Friday of the month is Poetry Night. Firehouse is also proud to provide some innovative programing aimed at young artists. The Saturday Art Experience is a bi-monthly exhibitbased program for kids. There are two classes available: one for ages 5-8, and another for ages 9-12. During class, students get the chance to check out current exhibits, talk to artists, and create art of their very own. Durazo describes the program as “open ended,” explaining that if a child expresses interest in a particular art form, teachers will often run with it, giving the future artist additional opportunities to explore that medium.

Oskar Blues Can’d Aid Foundation helped support the current exhibit at Firehouse. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

Whatever your interest or age, there’s always something going on at the Firehouse Art Center for you. If you’d like to learn more about the Firehouse Art Center, check out their programs, or see a calendar of upcoming events, you can visit their website at The best place to see what Faling is up to is his Facebook Page at facebook. com/schroederanalog. Finally, if you’d like to get the full scoop on the Can’d Aid Foundation, check out their website at

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I’m Dreaming of a Green Garden……. “The greeting cards have all been sent; the Christmas Rush is through. But I just have one wish to make, a special one for you….. Merry Gardening, Darling……” Oh, boy, we may, just may have listened to too many Holiday songs this year! Hopefully, your Holidays were all that you wished them to be, and now you’re ready to turn your minds toward the light and warmth the unfolding year will bring: The amazing miracle of seeds sprouting and breaking through the soil. The smell of living soil in your hands…….. Buzzing bees….the fragrance of flowers, morning dew, and food fresh from the garden…….. We’ve got lots to look forward to, but, in the meantime, don’t forget: Watering – soak trees, shrubs, perennials, and your lawn, as needed, on a monthly basis, when the temperature’s above 40°F. The goal is to get the water down 8” into the soil. Watch the weather and check the soil. And, in the meantime, while we’re all so very patiently waiting to garden outside, enjoy your gardening inside. Houseplants and herbs add beauty and color to your home, freshen the air, and add scent and flavor to your life and meals. Plants just make life better! “I can dream, and in my dreams, I’m gardening with you.” At The Flower Bin, WE will be gardening with you! January/February 2017


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Just like any other living creature, the survival of birds depends on their ability to find food, water and shelter. But as temperatures drop and winter months approach, the availability of these resources dwindles. That’s where you come in. Attracting wild birds to your backyard is as simple as creating a space that includes these three essential elements. But remember, birds are quick learners and it won’t take long for them to grow accustomed to your generosity.

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Give your Valentine Chocolate and Roses—one bar of chocolate soap and one bar of rose geranium soap. This gift set also comes with a Boucle Buffer Scrub to exfoliate. ($16.45, Colorado Aromatics, 340 Lashley St., Longmont,

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The Men’s Shave and Soothe gift set from Colorado Aromatics includes lemongrass shaving soap and Coolness Aftershave Lotion and healing Knuckle Balm in either a gift box or a zipper vinyl bag. ($29, Colorado Aromatics, 340 Lashley St., Longmont,

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Whether your sweet prefers the romance of roses, the simplicity of daisies, or the exotic spice of lilies, Longmont Florist has the perfect bouquet. You can also upgrade with chocolates, cards and balloons, but order now to avoid the rush. (Longmont Florist, 614 Coffman Longmont,


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Exercise looks a lot more fun in 2017. Shed pounds, and make resolutions that stick, this January with muscle-sculpting Body Pump, soul-stretching Ninja workouts or even some impassioned cardio-kickboxing. Three Longmont fat-blasting hubs are rolling out New Year’s schedules that put the fun back into fitness – including classes designed for family participation. This year kids can try to kick higher than dad or run faster than mom, all while growing healthier, stronger and more confident. Adult-only classes are offered, too, for newbies, seniors and, of course, fitness pros itching for the next challenge. Dr. Gavin Bishop, an orthopedic surgeon certified in sports medicine at UCHealth Longmont Clinic, said those who achieve their fitness goals are those who enjoy their exercise routine. “Often your motivation will be lost if the conditions are not great and you also don’t look forward to doing the activity,” he said. To combat heart disease, diabetes and other obesity-faulted diseases, it’s wise to set both short- and long-term goals, Bishop said, so “you will notice progress and feel excited to continue on your path.”

Exercise is Addicting – in a Good Way While Gold’s Gym is lauded for its ripped kick boxers, it’s also home to anyone considering even the smallest first step on that fitness path. “We cater to all different demographics,” said Sharon Smith, manager of Gold’s Gym in Longmont. “It feels like a family atmosphere. We have seniors, teenagers, middleaged, all part of a community when they walk through the doors.” From group classes to personal and team training to self-directed sweat jams in the Gold’s Gym movie room (no January/February 2017

Flow in the Dark Yoga is one of the many fun and unique classes available to members at Gold’s Gym.

chairs, only bikes and treadmills), the gym and its instructors focus on boosting health, eliminating stress

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Body Pump focuses on building strength through weight lifting routines that change throughout the year to keep it challenging for everyone. (Photo courtesy Golds Gym)

said. “It makes the rest of your life that much better.” Shea Clough, group fitness manager at Gold’s Gym for more than a decade, said she loves helping people improve their lives by improving health. Clough, who teaches a big chunk of the more than 80 classes offered weekly at the 30,000-square foot facility, said the most popular Gold’s sessions are Body Flow, which combines yoga, tai-chi and Pilates and is easy on the joints, as well as Body Pump and Grit. “Body Pump is resistance training with repetitions and is great for ev-

eryone,” Clough explained. “Beginners can start out at a low weight, and people with experience can get a fabulous workout with a heavier weight.” Newcomers are urged to stay for the first four tracks, or about 20 minutes, and add time each week. “But most people end up loving it and soon stay to the end,” Clough said. Clough’s Grit class builds strength and stamina via intense interval training. Though targeted at those wanting to max out their muscles, anyone can participate. “I’ve had 70-yearolds in the class,” Clough said. Along with Grit, Gold’s spin classes

Spinning helps cyclists stay in peak condition through the down season. (Photo courtesy Golds Gym)

keep cyclists in shape throughout off-season. Clough tells her students, “Come to class and give your brain a break. You have an hour to take time for you.” Family pricing is available, and many parents and teens enroll together in spin, yoga, “rejuvenation dance” or Zumba classes. Clough said one of the best parts of her job is spin class with her daughter, age 14. Childcare is offered for children through age 11, and kids as young as eight are permitted in the gym with supervision. For more, visit longmont.

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RipKick (shown here at the Fort Collins location) combines endurance and speed drills into a full body workout. (Photo courtesy Ripple Effect.)

RipKick is unique to Ripple Effect. Established by Macy to amplify endurance, speed

and strength, the class weaves stretching, cardio, burnouts, slow- and fast-twitch muscle drills and rounds on the bag into an hour of sweat and, yes, fun, according to RipKick instructor Amanda Workman. On average, students throw 700 kicks per class. Workman said everyone is welcome, regardless of ability. Ripple Effect classes are choreographed to build concentration, dexterity, self-defense and fitness, Macy said. With the “Little Ripples,” or preschoolers, instructors disguise repetition with games and impart defense and character lessons.


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Macy, whose two sons, ages 9 and 11, hold black belts, encourages family participation and offers joint classes for parents and kids. “Families are tested together, learn together, achieve goals together and move through the ranks together,” he said.

Ripple Effect also offers selfdefense classes for women, plus a kickboxing class with sparring and traditional martial arts training for all ages. Visit for more information.

Ripple Effect’s classes coach kids in more than just fitness. (Photo courtesy Ripple Effect.)

The Warrior Playground at GritFitness makes fitness fun for kids and adults alike. (Photos courtesy Warrior Playground)

Calling Kids and Adults with Grit Warrior Playground, a subset of GritFitness Center, is one of the most physically challenging places in Longmont. It’s also one of the most fun, said Sam Banola, founder of the fullscale American Ninja Warrior training facility. Banola, who placed among the top 10 finalists at several American Ninja Warrior competitions this year, believes “playing hard” is the best way to exercise. American Ninja obstacles at Warrior Playground include the Double Salmon Ladder, which demands explosive upper-body strength as warriors jump amidst push-ups; the Jumping Spider, which forces warriors to move between two walls without touching the ground; and the Warped Wall, which requires warriors to run January/February 2017

a steep curvature. Banola said the obstacle Ultimate Cliffhanger may be the most difficult, with competitors traversing ledges using only their fingertips.

in addition to family hours, with hopes that parents and children will work together to enhance strength, endurance and mobility.

While watching TV with his son in 2014, Banola spotted American Ninja Warrior and was hooked. He soon opened GritFitness, a typical gym with personal training, and last January introduced Warrior Playground, which happens to be built on the site of a former daycare – also devoted to play, noted Banola.

For kids, Banola said, “The Warrior Playground is about doing something fun, and the by-product is exercise.” He said adult and youth warriors alike love that they’re constantly improving. “The better you get, the more things you can try, the more fun you can have,” he said.

“I used to wrestle with my dad,” Banola said. “He was a small guy, but I was amazed at how good of shape he was in. I wanted to be like that someday.” Now Banola aims to help other families increase health and fitness. He offers adult and kid classes,

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44,404 of Longmont’s citizens are currently married.*

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Here’s a positive New Year’s resolution that may have missed your list: I will travel in 2017. Whether you plan a weekend away for a change of scenery, or a week-long family get-together at the ocean, or a foreign adventure to see more of the world, travel can be relaxing, stimulating, and even life changing. “It gives you that shot of adrenaline and makes you a more interesting person,” says Cindy Hoge, a sales manager at Gold Key Travel in Longmont. Karen Kanemoto Wood, owner of Gold Key Travel, says, “We travel for adventure and new experiences, but also to open up your eyes and give you a better understanding of the world we 30 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

our clients take family trips to reconnect with their children. When I asked my client what was the highlight of his African safari, he answered it was having his children with no cell phone coverage.

For women, planning a destination tour with friends can be a fun and relaxing break.

live in. You find there are such wonderful people in every country, so it cultivates empathy and also makes you realize how fortunate we are. I’ve always thought how great it would be if every middle-school-age student could go to a third-world country. “Studies show that Millennials value experiences over material goods, and as our clients have told us ... their children will soon forget what was given to them last Christmas, but taking the family on a trip gives them memories that last a lifetime. Also,

“Travel gives you the opportunity to unplug from your daily life, although some people never do unplug! Other clients have returned from their journeys with comments ranging from ‘It was a life changing experience!’ to ‘This trip gave me the confidence to step out of the box and try new things.’” Here are some trips to consider in 2017:

Tours for women “Karen and I did a Ladies’ Group in October to Spain,” Hoge says. “In the fall we will do Broadway and a Christmas Markets River Cruise. It gets you in the right spirit.” January/February 2017

“We decided to add many “surprises” for the ladies,” says Wood, “such as lunch at the Parador in Granada and a special inside visit to Casa Battlo (one of the homes that Gaudi built) in Barcelona. The ladies had a great time. Many of them are married, but their husbands stayed home...and one woman said, ‘This is half the cost and twice the fun!’ Hopefully her husband didn’t hear that!”

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herds of elephants and gazelles, and elephants up close, and learn how to make beaded jewelry and throw a spear, and go inside a village school. Hoge says that “the all-inclusive vacation is popular with all ages. Pay it up front. A vacation is never to see a price tag.” Gold Key has a trip where you can stay at an all-inclusive multi-bedroom beach resort in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, with services like a family picnic, custom family photo album, special kids zone for ages 4-12, games, beach toys, and more. Another enticement is that children stay and eat free. An exciting National Park adventure takes place not only in the U.S., but also Canada. On this vacation you roam the Rockies in Montana and Alberta, Canada. This is the heart of Big Sky Country along the Continental Divide. Explore glacial cliffs, gleaming lakes and churning rapids. You’ll do whitewater rafting, canoeing, river rafting, bicycling, and

The golden years are perfect for traveling to all of the places you’ve been putting off. If making the most of retirement includes taking time for yourself and spending time with friends, why not combine the two?

Gold Key has teamed up with the Longmont Senior Center to offer some of the Center’s many exciting and wide-ranging trips. In 2017, Australia and New Zealand are the destinations for a spring adventure, and a Columbia River cruise is scheduled for the fall. In 2018, the lineup is Portugal and its islands in the spring, Alaska on land and water in early June, and “Heritage of America” in October to “relive the birth of the United States while enjoying the fall colors in the east.”

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Plan for a vacation full of experience by immersing yourself in local activities and culture. Gold Key recommends trips to Antarctica; Peru and the Galapagos Islands, where they took 50 travelers in 2016; Vietnam and Cambodia; a nine-day Danube River cruise “for the ac-

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By Melinda Crow travelPulse (tns) When you are deciding on the perfect cruise, it's easy to overlook the importance of sea days in the itinerary. Should you choose a cruise with one, two, three, or zero sea days? A lot depends on your travel temperament. Will you enjoy a go-go-go cruise more or a lounging-by-thepool-with-a-bucket-of-beer cruise? Either way, here are a few things to love about leisurely days spent at sea.

early as 8 a.m. That morning rush goes away on sea days. There is rarely anything pressing to get you out of bed. Sleep the whole day away, if that's your thing.

2. Staying up late

Counterpart to sleeping late is staying up late the night before a sea day. Enjoy drinking, dancing, eating or gambling well into the wee hours, because tomorrow is sleep-late day, remember?

3. Second breakfast 1. Sleeping late

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For those early birds for whom sleeping late means anything after 7 a.m., one of the joys of a day at sea is a quieter breakfast because of all those sleepyheads. And then sometime between early breakfast and early lunch comes second breakfast. On most ships, you can choose something entirely different for your second breakfast, like maybe sausage and beer, which is a traditional Hungarian second

breakfast by the way, or just hit the pastry bar for a snack to hold you over.

4. Casino tournaments

For competitive types, sea days are filled with anticipation of black jack and slot tournaments. Trophies, cash prizes and T-shirts are doled out as the winners are crowned. These are usually scheduled shortly after lunch so as not to interrupt your sleeping late or your afternoon nap.

5. Movies

Ships of all sizes often show movies on sea days. Screen locations run the gamut from roof-top terraces found on some Celebrity ships to the poolside screens of Princess ships. Other ships have indoor theaters, some even with 3-D capability. And if you don't feel like getting out of bed, most cruise ships offer movies on the TV in your stateroom.

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6. More time to dress for dinner

While port days are filled with the excitement of exploration, they often are capped off with a frantic dash to clean up from all that fun and dress appropriately for dinner, often in a very short amount of time. Bring on the sea day where you can take all the time in the world to primp and polish. Enjoy a trip to the salon or spa, or just take that long shower you never seem to have time for at home.

7. Pool time

If pool lounging is your thing, this is your big day. Stake out a lounger, slip on your shades, and sip your favorite beverage for what could be the best day of the cruise. Even on coolclimate cruises, gathering around the pool on sea days is like a mandatory ritual that only high winds or rain can

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Interfaith Quilters of Longmont is proud to present their 31st annual quilt show and sale on March 3-4 at the First Lutheran Church, 803 3rd Avenue in Longmont. The proceeds from the sale of these hand- and machine-made quilts will benefit the OUR Center and the Safe Shelter of the St. Vrain Valley. The preview showing will be open on Friday, March 3 from 5-8 p.m., but no sales will be available at that time. The $5 admission to the preview showing also gets guests into the show and sale the following day. For those who only want to attend the show and sale on Saturday, admission is only $1. The featured quilters this year are several of the Interfaith Quilters’ own talented members. The selected members will have a section to display their own creations and discuss how they were made. Think of quilters as artists who use 38 Longmont magazine

material as their paint. They hope to inspire you to try any of the many forms of quilting such as paper piecing, machine and hand quilting, art quilts, applique, and more. You will certainly be amazed at the variety and quality of these personal collections. There will be about 600 quilts of various types for sale on Saturday. Bed-sized quilts, juvenile styles, baby crib and lap quilts, wall hangings, table toppers, pillows and placemats of all colors and themes will be available for purchase. There is something for everybody and everything is reasonably priced and of superb quality. You will not find a better deal in town. Best of all, you can make your purchase knowing that the proceeds go to help the community. Come view the quilts on Friday evening and return on Saturday to buy your favorites. The customer service volunteers, in blue aprons, will assist you and bring your items to the check out counter for you. Quilt appraisal is also offered by Jeananne Wright who is very

Interfaith Quilters serve the community all year long by donating items to the OUR Center, the Safe Shelter of the St. Vrain Valley, Quilts of Valor for military veterans, Mountain States Children’s Home and other needs that arise in the community during the year. This active group of quilters in composed of about 150 volunteers with various degrees of experience. It is a great place to learn to quilt or to just get inspiration for that quilt you have been meaning to sew. New members are always welcome. They gather most Mondays from 9 a.m. til 3 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church at 3rd Ave.and Terry St. in Longmont. Bring your own lunch. For more information visit or email them at

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By A MARTIN for LONGMONT MAGAZINE In 2010, the Fourmile Canyon wildfire devastated the town of Gold Hill. Only half an hour west of Boulder, the small town was hit hard. In the wake of the fire, however, Coloradans did what Coloradans do: They pulled together and began the hard work of rebuilding. Carolyn and Leland Oxley were among those pitching in to help out. A chef, Leland offered to cater a benefit fundraiser, serving smoked pork and beef paired with a homemade barbeque sauce. Not only was the event a success, but his food and sauce were both received well. Hungry for a new adventure in life, the Oxleys decided that was it. They would spend the following weeks tweaking the recipe for their barbeque sauce right in their own kitchen. With that, Motherlode Provisions was born. Originally from Kansas City, January/February 2017

Leland was already familiar with the variety of flavors different regions of the country incorporate into barbeque. However, there isn’t a “Colorado-style” barbeque. Or rather, there wasn’t. “We decided to attempt to create a sauce that wasn’t replicating another region,” Leland explained. They developed what they’ve dubbed Rocky Mountain Barbecue Sauce. Leland describes it as “rustic and hearty with a little heat to it.” It has its own flavor that’s unique to Colorado. They created a few other flavors, as well: Sweet Honey Lavender Barbecue Sauce, the more traditional Sweet & Smoky Barbecue Sauce, Wildfire Hot Sauce and Motherlode Steak Sauce. Their products are all-natural, gluten-free, and vegan, except for the steak sauce. Completely new to the business of producing sauces for retail sale, they had to figure out everything from bottling to label design. And the industrious couple did it all on their own. “It was just us,” Leland said, laughing. LONGMONT MAGAZINE 41

The wide range of sauces available at the Motherlode Café are available to take home by the bottle. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

Six years later, their sauces are sold throughout the Rocky Mountain region, including Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. In fact, friends and family have even spotted their goods in other parts of the country due to an order from the TJX Companies, which owns the national chains TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

Motherlode’s Bloody Mary mix and other mixers is that the Oxleys start with vine-ripened tomatoes rather than tomato juice. The resulting product is thick and spicy, holding up just fine on its own without the need for any kind of garnish. And, like their signature barbeque sauce, it has a rustic flavor that’s distinctly Coloradan.

“Over the past few years, we’ve been selling into stores,” Carolyn said. While selection can vary depending on location, you’ll find their sauces in chains like City Market, Safeway, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Lucky’s and others, as well as local stores.

While they developed both the barbeque sauces and the Bloody Mary mix at the same time, their Bloody Mary mix was actually their first sale.

And, as if tackling an American institution like barbeque wasn’t enough, the two also developed their very own Bloody Mary mix. “I love Bloody Marys,” Leland said. But there was just one problem with his libation of choice. He was dissatisfied with most premade mixes. So, he decided to create one he liked well enough that he’d to drink it, himself.

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It’s been very well received. You’ll find it on the shelves of local liquor stores, behind the bar at many local establishments, and even in stock at two of Marriot’s national hotel chains. For all their success, the Oxleys talk about the process of getting the business up and running with humility and grace. They freely share that it’s been challenging at times. One of the bigger obstacles was securing a co-packer for the products. (Co-packers are responsible for the physical manufacturing and bottling of food products.) Once they got their feet on the ground, the Oxleys decided they’d like to eliminate the middleman and take on manufacturing and bottling, themselves. They leased a space in Longmont to be used for warehousing and bottling and began the arduous task of getting everything up to code for production. “We realized we had some extra space,” Leland said of their new home, and so they decided to make use of it by opening their own restaurant, as well.

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Need a good meeting spot? Reserve the conference room and enjoy a meal while you’re there. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

The restaurant includes a small Motherlode Café serves up Colorado barbecue to hungry patrons. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

The Motherlode Café, located at 950 S. Sherman Street, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. They serve what they call “New American Breakfast” both in the

morning and at lunch. Menu items include savory options like the popular filet and eggs. And, of course, there’s barbeque.

conference room space that seats about eight and is available for meetings complete with a meal. In 2017, they plan to expand their business to include happy hour, as well as other events like open mic nights and poetry nights.

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Longmont residents get the chance to try before they buy. The sauces that are available to a wider market throughout the Rocky Mountain region are on display to pick up on the way out. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

“Carolyn is an award winning poet,” Leland interjects with pride. She placed third in the UK National Poetry Society’s annual contest last year. (Despite the misleading name, it’s actually an international competition.) Hence her interest in

hosting events like poetry nights. She’s passionate about her art, and hopes to provide a space where others can share theirs, as well. “That’s the part I’m the most excited about,” Carolyn admits. Then, turn about being fair play, she adds that Leland plays bass and is also a vocalist. The open mic nights are his opportunity to incorporate his artistic expression into the business. It’s both inspiring and refreshing to hear them talk about their creative endeavors with the same excitement that they discuss bottling and distribution. This is one dynamic couple. Because they had difficulty finding a co-packer for their goods, and because their new space allows for far more production than they need, they also plan to offer co-packing services to other small businesses in the area. They feel strongly about helping other small business owners jump the hurdles that threatened to slow them down. The metaphor of the phoenix, rising from the ashes with new life, seems a bit trite, but it’s also a perfect representation of what Carolyn and Leland have created. Motherlode Provisions is a labor of love, first conceived in the wake of tragedy, and continuing, to this day, to embody the ingenuity of the couple behind it. To find out more about Motherlode Provisions and their products, visit their website at motherlode-provisions.


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7 Stress-Busting Ideas for the New Year By L. L. CHARLES for LONGMONT MAGAZINE out your front door. When the stress strikes, take a hike.

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January gives each of us a clean slate and a new beginning. Are you one of the many who have resolved to live with less stress this year? We’re with you 100 percent on that. Here are a handful of stress-busting strategies to help make that happen.

Unplug and Get Outdoors Exercise is the perfect antidote to anxiety and stress. It turns on your inner endorphin machine and sends messages to your brain like, “Things are going to be OK. You are wonderful. And you look like a million dollars in those pants!” Getting outside to do it sharpens your focus as you leave your daily irritations in the dust. 46 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Put down the phone and take in some of Longmont’s wonderful winter scenery. (C. Nathan Pulley Photography/City of Longmont)

Luckily for us, Longmont has acres of open space, miles of trails, and dozens of neighborhood parks. Each offers a moment of sanctuary and respite from our busy lives. And they are just

“A lot of people live outside of their bodies,” says Kerry Temple-Wood, CYI, owner of 63rd Street Yoga Studio in Niwot. “You need to slow things down and quiet the mind, so that you can listen to your body.” Temple-Wood teaches weekly Slow Yoga classes that focus on mindful movement and the awareness that comes from intentional breathing. “In class, we leave space between each asana, or yoga pose. Yoga class is a great place to watch your mind.” Kerry Temple-Wood specializes in classes for women who are working through menopause and other aging issues. She teaches these classes therapeutically, depending on the needs of the students in each class. She also January/February 2017

teaches mixed classes for men and women. Pranayama breathing exercises engage each complete cycle of breath to “drop it down into your body,” she explains. “This helps to relax our stressful fight or flight response.” You don’t have to wait for class to enjoy the benefits of yoga, of course. When stress starts to get the best of you at home or at work, spend a few minutes doing a simple Tadasana (mountain pose) or Standing Forward Fold while taking slow, complete breaths. “Spend less time doing, and more time being,” Temple-Wood advises.

Try a Little LOL Laughter really is the best medicine. It burns up unhealthy

stress hormones and just makes you feel so darned good. Of course, the best laughter of all is shared with friends. That’s the idea behind Barley Har Har Comedy Night, held every third Thursday and first Friday of the month at 300 Suns Brewing in Longmont. Local stand-up comedians take turns tickling your funny bone in fast-paced sets that run the humor gamut from Nerdy to Adults Only. Each show features a dozen or so comedians who draw their material from personal experience and current events. “We get a wide range of talent and experience,” says Jean Ditsler, a 300 Suns co-owner. “The atmosphere is intimate and the crowd is very

Laughter is still, indeed, among the best medicines at 300 Suns. But beer doesn’t hurt either. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

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welcoming, so the performers feel comfortable with trying new material. Whether they are on a roll or they’re bombing, it’s a fun time for all.”

living in a feedback loop of this tension. You’re like a stagnant pond… I work to restore your flow of energy.” Marie began her formal healing arts studies while she was an officer in the Army. “I was extremely stressed out. Even though it was good work, it’s hard work being a soldier. Now I’m able to help others to reduce their stress and live happier lives.” We salute that.

Barley Har Har is a free event, so consider yourself invited. You’ll laugh it up to your heart’s content (laughter boosts your cardiac health, too).

Get Centered, Get Happy Traditional Chinese acupuncture is hardly the exotic procedure it once seemed. Today it is widely used to relieve everything from arthritis to insomnia. It’s also very helpful in reducing stress, anxiety and depression, says Erika Marie, LAc, at the Chiyu Center in Longmont. “Acupuncture works on the physical, emotional and energetic levels to reduce your stress. We use specific points on your body to calm the spirit and the mind,” she says. The Chiyu Center’s Happy Hour Acupuncture is a perfect introduction. During these 30-minute sessions, Marie treats three patients at a time (each patient has a private area in a large room). With mellow music in the background and aromatherapy in the air, she helps to calm inflammation, improve the quality of your

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Sweat it out. Pick a class or two at the Longmont Recration Center and get your daily dose of endorphins. (C. Nathan Pulley Photography/City of Longmont)

sleep, and provide an overall sense of ease. Erika Marie is also a Reiki Master and works within this therapeutic tradition to aid healing and transformation through visualization, sound and meditation. She also leads Qigong (“chee-gong”) classes that employ gentle exercise and movement to improve energetic and physical flow, or circulation. “We often think of stress as being ‘up there in our head,’ like it’s outside our body. But it’s not, and your body manifests stress by tightening up, cutting off its circulation and flow. Pretty soon you’re

“Exercise is a powerful stress killer,” says Lindsey Witty, fitness coordinator at the Longmont Recreation Center. “We offer about 150 classes every week that will get you moving. You can drop in at your convenience, so you don’t have to stress about signing up, either,” she laughs. Zumba dance classes, PilYoga (a blend of Pilates and yoga) and Tai Chi are some of the most popular activities. “We also offer a ton of swimming classes every week at the Centennial pool and at the main Rec Center,” Witty says. Eleven personal trainers are on staff to help you raise the bar on your personal performance. There is an additional charge, but you can save money by purchasing five- or tensession passes. January/February 2017

The recreation center also offers a meditation workshop at least once per quarter. Check the Longmont Recreation Center website for class schedules and locations.

Reward Yourself

A relaxing massage is a guaranteed way to unwind and de-stress. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, massage can decrease blood pressure and levels of cortisol, the primary stress hormone. Too much cortisol can increase the craving for comfort foods and suppress our immune functions. All massage induces a relaxation response, says Christa Caputa LAc,

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LMT, a massage therapist at Café of Life. “We practice orthopedic massage and occasionally relaxation massage. Our focus is on long-term results that last longer than just the day you receive bodywork.” To

deliver the best results, Caputa says, each massage session is different, based on a client’s needs on that day, at that moment. — Continued on page 50

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Reward Someone Else

It’s a fact: focusing on the needs of others tends to diminish our concerns for our own problems. Julie Kurzawa, director for volunteer engagement for Foothills United Way, says, “When we focus our attention on helping others and away from our stresses, it makes us happier, healthier, and more connected to those around us. Many studies have shown that those who volunteer are happier, less stressed, less lonely, and more fulfilled in general.” Foothills United Way coordinates volunteer programs to improve the lives of the residents of Boulder and Broomfield counties. The organization connects volunteers with opportunities to help out at a local food bank, deliver meals to homebound residents, or help individuals with disabilities develop life and job skills. There are volunteer opportunities to fit a wide range of interests.


“Given the current state of anxiety and uncertainty that many people are experiencing, volunteering is a good way to invest time and resources and focus outwardly on what we can do for others in the community,” Kurzawa says. “It’s a great way to foster a sense of community and camaraderie, and unite people of diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal.”



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VALENTINE’S DAY can get a little tedious, especially for couples that have been together a long time. Rather than the traditional dinner-and-dessert, why not shake things up a bit this year? There are a number of active, local events available for any and every type of Valentine. But make your plans now — these nontraditional options are likely to sell out!

Date night at Crackpots includes dessert and a creative activity with your honey. (Photo courtesy Crackpots)

VALENTINE’S DESSERT DATE NIGHT AT CRACKPOTS Saturday, February 11 at 6 p.m. or 8:15 p.m. Crackpots, 505 Main St., Longmont; 303.776.2211; Crackpots will be hosting their annual “Valentine’s Dessert Date Night” on Saturday, February 11. This adults-only event has two seatings, one between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and one from 8:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. January/February 2017

Reservations are required and can be made online at The $14 charge covers a studio fee for two people as well as a dessert bar. Crackpots has a number of DIY art projects on offer. There is a wide selection of “naked” pottery available for painting, including some Valentine-themed options like heart-shaped mugs and dishes. These projects are glazed, fired, and available for pick-up in 5 days. The studio can also help you make glass fusing projects and mosaics.

Owner Tamar Hendricks says creating with your Valentine can make for a very special experience. “We hope spending time with a loved one making a Valentine’s Day project at Crackpots will be a memory that lasts a lifetime,” she says. “The finished masterpiece is a lasting keepsake that shows your loved one that you put thought and effort into your gift.” If you can’t make the Dessert Date Night, Crackpots is open on Valentine’s Day and — lucky for you — the holiday falls on a Tuesday this year. Crackpots will be hosting their weekly Two-for-Tuesdays deal, where two people can come to craft for the price of one! Studio fees are normally $8 per person, but you and your valentine can join in the fun for just the cost of one studio fee. LONGMONT MAGAZINE 51

Valentine’s Day Wine MarinateD Cheese + Wine anD Cheese Pairings Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. The Art of Cheese at Haystack Creamery, 505 Weaver Park Rd. Unit E, Longmont;

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Kate Johnson, founder and lead instructor at The Art of Cheese, will be teaching a special class at the Haystack Mountain Cheese Creamery on February 14 at 6:30 p.m. The class will be a hands-on exploration of drunken goat cheese, a semi-hard goat cheese that is soaked in wine and then aged. Attendees will taste a variety of

drunken goat cheeses paired with wines and make their own mini cheese wheel to take home and age. Cow’s milk varieties will be available for those who do not like goat cheese, as well as some other wineinfused cheeses. “This is a fun, hands-on activity that will not only teach you a new skill, and perhaps launch an entirely new hobby, but will also be a tasty way to celebrate the holiday with wine and cheese pairings,” says Johnson. The class costs $49 and registration is available online. Attendance is limited to 12 people. The Art of Cheese offers another Valentine-themed event the weekend before Valentine’s Day: The Cheese, Wine, and Chocolate Extravaganza. You can register for one or both days of the two-day course. Registration for the weekend is $175 and individual days cost $99 each.

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Sandstone Ranch Community Park, 990 CO-119, Longmont; 720.722.4226; This year’s Heart Throb Run 5K will be held on Saturday, February 11, at Sandstone Ranch Community Park. Registration costs $30 until February 1, when the price climbs to $35 until preregistration closes on February 10 at 4 p.m. Race-day registration is $40. There is no limit to the number of runners in the race and last year about 250 people participated. The Heart Throb Run is hosted by 3W Races, who are partnered with the nonprofit Outreach United Resource (OUR) Center for this year’s run. Runners will have the opportunity to donate to the charity at registration. On race day, five canned food items will buy attendees an entrance into the raffle for fun prizes January/February 2017

Whitney Vestal, Assistant Race Director for this year’s Hearth Throb Run, says this event can be a unique way to start off your holiday as a family or couple. “It’s something different to start your morning off for Valentine’s Day,” she said. “A lot of couples like to run it, but it’s also fun to do with your family.” But be warned: it’s going to take a major weather event for this race to be cancelled. Be prepared to run in the unpredictable Colorado weather — it might be sunny and beautiful… or you might be running in a blizzard. All the more excuse to cuddle up later!

“You LigHt up MY WorLd” painting at dabbLe paint and Sip Tuesday, February 14 at 6 p.m. Dabble Paint and Sip Studio, 2330 Main St. Unit E, Longmont; 303.827.3523; Dabble Paint and Sip will be hosting a special Valentine’s Day studio

sion, where you and your Valentine can paint a canvas under the instruction of a professional artist — and drink while you do it! Dabble’s Valentine’s Day painting will feature a heart-shaped world with the words “You Light Up My World.” This special holiday painting even includes battery-operated lights that poke through the back of the canvas to add real sparkle. As always, you’re not required to follow the featured painting if you’re feeling inspired. Registration can be made online. The cost is $40 for an individual and $75 for a couple. Both prices include a glass of Sweetheart Sangria to get you started. If you’re still thirsty, Dabble has a full bar. Dabble coowner Kristen Bond says this boozy painting event is not just for the artistically inclined. “We take you step by step through the featured painting so anybody can do it, even if you’ve never painted,” she says. “We provide a really fun, entertaining experience. It’s not your typical night out.”

CoLd, CoLd Heart pLunge WitH tHe LYonS poLar bear CLub Saturday, February 11 at 1:30 p.m. Black Bear Hole, across from the Lyon’s Quilt Store, 42 E. Main St., Lyons If you’re looking for an excuse to cozy up with your Valentine, jumping into the icy St. Vrain river might just do the trick. Last year, the Lyons Polar Bear Club (LPBC) raised $11,000 Longmont magazine 53

for the Lyons Emergency Assistance Foundation (LEAF) with this annual fundraising event. This year, the cause is a little

The Lyons Polar Bear Club raises dollars for dunks in the freezing St. Vrain. Proceeds go to a good cause. (Photo courtesy LPBC/ groups/ 238199982679)


closer to home. One of the founding members of the LPBC is experiencing some health issues, including an upcoming kidney replacement, so the Club is hoping

to raise funds to help him cover medical expenses. Participants of the Cold, Cold, Heart Plunge will have the option to donate to the member’s health fund or LEAF. After the plunge, everyone gathers at the Axe and Oar for an after-party, complete with a hot tub in the parking lot. LPBC founding member Jason Stillman says it brings life to what is normally a very slow time in Lyons. “People embrace the winter in Colorado, but the town of Lyons is kind of quiet in the middle of winter. It’s definitely the slow time for businesses. To do this event and have a bunch of people behaving as if it’s summer time — it’s quite a spectacle.” For more details on this Valentine’s spectacle, check out the LPBC Facebook page:

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Cupid’s Arrow



Matchmaking and Online Dating Gives Singles a Way to Get Acquainted Before Valentine’s Day

Finding Mr. With about 3000 memor Ms. Right bers, Greg could feel like says each looking for a member is golden needle screened for in a mile-high personality haystack. But traits, vetted that’s no reason for relationto stop looking ship readifor that special ness and someone. From must pass a online dating, background matchmaking check. Step services and one, each social media With so many approaches to dating, singles no longer have to rely on friends or random member groups like chance to meet their next date. (Photo courtesy must comMeetup, there’s plete an initial plenty of ways to Even with the ridiculous amount of interview that takes from about 90 to find that person who lights up your online dating connections, it hasn’t 120 minutes. heart. With Valentine’s Day around stopped matchmakers from pairing the corner, Cupid just might take aim up couples. In fact, online dating has “We make sure they’re in a good place with his magic Eros and send one helped matchmakers gain a foothold to start a relationship. We talk about straight to your heart. on the lonely heart’s club, say Vera past relationships, what’s worked and what hasn’t,” says Greg. Just under 50 million people have used online dating in the U.S., acBy ELISE OBERLIESEN Matchmakers may seem old fashcording to StatisticBrain, a research for LONGMONT MAGAZINE ioned, especially compared to the institute that compiles data. While new online dating apps, but Greg millions use online dating to spark says people who seek out her sera romance, reports that vices tend to be more serious about online dating peaks between Decemand Robert Greg, who run Lovefinding a long term partner, and some bug Colorado, a Fort Collins based ber 26 and February 14. That means wind up tying the knot. matchmaking service for singles in now’s the time to get your profile in Northern Colorado and Southeastern order in case you’re in the mood for Wyoming. “We have some people who met love. January/February 2017


And that could wear on the person who’s always left to figure figure out creative excursions or romantic getaways.

“If you’re outgoing and he’s not, it going to make it tough on a relationship,” says Greg. “The whole thing we do is look for compatibility.” After each date, matchmakers at both Lovebug Colorado and It’s Just Lunch offer feedback given by each single. Dating services, like It’s Just Lunch, set up dates for predetermined matches cutting out the guesswork for their members. (

on the first date and eventually got married,” says Greg. “Maybe about a dozen in 10 years.” Matchmaking is very different from online dating says, Annie Mayo, matchmaker with It’s Just Lunch, which has members dispersed throughout Colorado. “A lot of people come to us because they’ve tried online dating and they’re frustrated.” With online dating, Mayo says it’s up to you to sift through all those suitors, find a good match, and arrange the date, whereas with matchmaking, after the initial interview with a matcher, they coordinate all those details for you. “We try to streamline the process and we sift through profiles,” says Mayo, which ends up saving time. The next step, the fun part—the date. With It’s Just Lunch, Mayo says they set up the date location and time, based on your availability. That means no prescreening phone calls or endless text message sessions before 56 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

the date. With Lovebug Colorado, once a match is determined, Greg asks the guy to call the lady, “because it’s the classy thing to do.” Then it’s up to the pair to decide on date location.

Magical matchmaking The magic of matchmaking lies somewhere between your individual personality traits, interests, likes and dislikes, but with one twist—the matchmaker weeds out the weeds so you don’t have to. If you like control, well, you might have to move out of the driver’s seat temporarily. Finding good matches means knowing the clients. Compatibility testing helps them pair people up, says Greg. “If you’re more assertive, you’ll do better with someone who’s also assertive,” says Greg. “It’s important to have similar temperaments.” If you usually wind up making all the plans, all of the time, it could be that you’ve dated someone less assertive than you are, says Greg.

“We get feedback after the date and it takes out that ‘I never heard back from my date,’ [scenario]” says Mayo. Singles like the post-date feedback, because it helps with communication, says Mayo. In some cases, people may act interested, then they drop off the planet—known as ghosting—but with feedback, Mayo says it helps cut down on ghosting and other ways people avoid real conversations. No doubt, matchmaking services cost more than online dating. A six-month membership with Lovebug Colorado runs about $1000, depending on the services you request, says Greg. It’s Just Lunch charges anywhere from $2800 to $4300 for six to 12 months, depending on services.

How picky is too picky Let’s put it this way. If you’re not picky enough, you may wind up settling for someone that’s just okay. Boring. On the flip side, if you want to meet Mr. Right, who’s 6’4”, dark hair, Master’s Degree, world traveler, speaks four languages, chances plummet considerably—and that usually means fewer dates. January/February 2017

“I’ve had very educated women prefer blue collar guys,” says Mayo. “More people are open on education as long as they are intelligent, driven and successful.” And if you’ve run a business, but no degree, Mayo says that can rank high on attractability. It shows you’re a go-getter. Physical attraction is very important, says Gregg. However, great looks and a great body won’t sustain a relationship all by themselves. Other character traits are needed to strengthen the relationship. “Attraction is multifaceted. You want to be attracted, but it’s also how they laugh, or how they treat children or the wait staff,” says Greg.

Online dating for active people

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Let’s face it, not everyone finds matchmaking convenient or affordable, says Mike Keshian, founder of Denver-based, an online dating site for singles with active lifestyles. He says online dating sites and mobile apps make it easier to find people with like interests, something he says is

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local choices for those to whom Valentine’s Day is indeed worth celebrating. Dinner, flowers, chocolate … if you’re the traditional type, you can’t go wrong here. Guests at Sugarbeet enjoy quiet ambiance and chef prepared cuisine. (Tim Siebert/Longmont Magazine)

Just about the time the dust settles from the holiday season, the one day a year that might matter most to starcrossed lovers suddenly arrives. Woe to the unprepared on February 14! This article provides a few wonderful

Sugarbeet (101 Pratt St.) is ideal for a romantic, intimate, casual dinner, accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day and for every day they are open. Valentine’s

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Day, as you might imagine, is one of the two busiest nights of the year for the restaurant (also New Year’s Eve). It typically is booked up about two weeks prior to February 14, so don’t miss out! Sugarbeet, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary in Longmont, is renowned for innovative dishes best described as modern American cuisine. Example: a mouth-watering sushi grade hamachi crudo starter, Tuscan kale salad, main course of braised Colorado lamb shank, and, for dessert, dark chocolate Grand Marnier tart. Pair with a stellar offering from Sugarbeet’s wine list, and you’ve got a meal to remember and then some. Owner Justine Witherspoon says Sugarbeet will be serving its full seasonal


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With one of the best wine lists in town, you’ll find the perfect complement to your meal at Sugarbeet. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

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Happy Bakeshop (440 Main St.) is making some truly amazing flavors for Valentine’s Day: Strawberry Champagne, Mimosa, and Bellini! They’ll also have Red Hot Velvet and others still to be revealed. Cupcake orders require 24 hours’ notice and cakes, special cookies and pies require 48 hours’ notice.

“If someone wants to reserve a box, they can call or come in anytime after January 15 and buy a box to be set aside,” said owner Robin Autorino. “If you’re ordering strawberries, we dip them fresh the day before and on Valentine’s Day. They are ready for pickup after 11 a.m. either day. We usually have some spare straw-

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“For Valentine’s Day, we will be ready to share the love with cut sugar cookies, French macaroons, and spectacular cupcake flavors to make your taste buds fall in love,” said assistant manager Rebecca Archibold.

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Believes in the ‘Potential of All’ BY BRITTANY ANAS for LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Before Gerald Stopa came to Imagine! as a client about a decade ago, he was mostly dependent on caregivers. He couldn’t read or count and, without the ability to communicate, he truly didn’t have a voice. Imagine!—a nonprofit group that serves children and adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities—believed in Stopa’s potential, though. In turn, he’s flourished, his happiness and self-confidence becoming evident. Last year at the annual Imagine! Celebration, the nonprofit shared Stopa’s success story, which was chronicled in a short documentary that was shown to attendees. Stopa is one of 3,425 clients served by Imagine!, most of whom live in Boulder and Broomfield counties. At the 16th Annual Imagine Celebration, which is at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the Plaza Event Center in Longmont, the nonprofit will hold silent and live auctions. The nonprofit will also share another client story, much like they have in past years. These documentaries are a way to introduce Imagine! clients 64 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Honoring Gerald Stopa: Gerald and wife Donna Fairchild received brand new Broncos jerseys at last year’s Imagine! Celebration. (Photo courtesy Imagine!)

and help people understand the role the nonprofit plays in the community. It’s also a tug at the heart springs, organizers say, showcasing the resolve of those served by the nonprofit.

Sharing client’s journeys Stopa, who has cerebral palsy, moved into the Bob and Judy Charles Smarthome in Longmont, a residence that incorporates cutting-edge technology to help him live more independently. There, Stopa established a few goals: He wanted to improve his reading skills, he wanted a girlfriend and he wanted a job. He not only learned to count and to read, but his new skill set helped land

him a job at Twisted Pine Brewing Co., doing inventory for the brewery. That girlfirend he was hoping for? He married her in 2009, and the video showed at last year’s fundraiser include footage of their wedding, complete with the ceremonial cake cutting. Stopa used his DynaVox, a computerized device that allows him to communicate, to gleefully announce “She said yes!” to the Imagine! team after he proposed. Over the last decade, Stopa also has picked up a hobby, using an adaptive paintbrush to create artwork. Imagine! employees say it symbolizes how January/February 2017

he’s leaving his mark on this world.

The History of Imagine! Imagine! was founded more than 50 years ago by a group of parents who wanted their kids to have the same opportunities as other kids in the neighborhood. While that hope seems like it should be an obvious one, it was actually a radical idea in the 1960’s, explains Fred Hobbs, director of public relations at Imagine! At the time, services were limited and children with disabilities weren’t able to go to school or participate in activities.

Gerald Stopa and Donna Fairchild watch a video in his honor. (Photo courtesy Imagine!)

deserve to be part of the community,” The founders said “Our kids can contribute to the community and they

Hobbs relays.


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crowd shot include table with Charles Family. Bob and Judy Charles were honored for their longtime generous support of Imagine!

“We believe in the potential of all,” Hobbs says.

What Imagine! Does in the Community In a nutshell, Imagine! helps enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities. The nonprofit is one of 20 “community-centered boards” in Colorado. These boards serve as an area’s single point of entry into local, state and federally funded programs for people with developmental disabilities. In addition to being a gateway to services and resources, Imagine! also has programs that help people with developmental disabilities—such as Down syndrome or autism—become more involved with the community. This includes educational services, job training and placement, recreational activities, community living opportunities and helping to provide technological solutions and support for families. For example, Bridget Carroll, an art instructor with Imagine! Core/Labor Source launched a class called “Art 66 Longmont magazine

at Work” where artists create, market and sell their artwork to the community. The Imagine! artists have shown their art in local coffee shops and galleries. They all sell their pieces online at an Etsy shop called “ImagineColoradoArt.” Additionally, Imagine! has a foundation that was established in November 2000 and that leads fundraising efforts to enhance services, as well as help cover gaps in service. To date, the Imagine! Foundation has raised more than $6 million.

Emily’s Story Patti Micklin, Imagine! Foundation Executive Director, and her family moved from New Orleans to the Boulder Valley after Hurricane Katrina. The Micklin family made their decision to relocate to the Boulder Valley area largely after learning about the services offered by Imagine! Micklin’s daughter Emily was born with a small brain, which is referred to as microcephaly.

In Louisiana, the Medicaid Waiver List had a 16-year waiting list. The Micklin family spent the next several years paying out of pocket to provide therapy for Emily. After evacuating New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, they were looking for a new place to call home. Micklin says Imagine! and the Boulder community have helped support her family and celebrate Emily. A couple of years ago, the Micklin family story was shared at the Imagine Celebration! event, showing home videos from Emily’s childhood as well as her walking across the stage at Monarch High School’s graduation ceremony while receiving a standing ovation. Sharing such a personal video was a surreal experience, Micklin says. “It was incredibly powerful,” she says. “Sometimes, you don’t realize you’re living an experience that is extraordinary until you share it with other people and hear their responses to it.” January/February 2017

adults with disabilities safe.

Technology a focus for the future

At its start, Imagine! served about 100 people. Now, the nonprofit serves close to 3,500 clients and is continually looking at ways technology can help enhance client’s lives as demand increases, Hobbs says. An example: The Tuneberg Remote Supports Project that Imagine! is running and that is funded by money donated in Aaron Tuneberg’s name. In March 2014, Tuneberg was brutally beaten by two teenagers who went to his apartment to rob him. He died a week later. The project is helping to outfit homes with technology aimed at keeping

Imagine! also has volunteer opportunities, where you might work directly with clients in the Day Program or in group homes. Or, you might fill a more specialized niche, say, through a horse therapy or sign language program. Some one-time volunteer projects include yard cleanup or house maintenance project.

Some of the technological features include a camera at front doors that start recording when the doorbell is rung to show who is visiting. Also, a security system can help remind residents when they need to take medicine. Doors can be locked remotely, as well.

Also, the Imagine! Celebration is an annual fundraiser that you can support by purchasing tickets or by becoming a sponsor.

How to get involved

Those looking to become involved with Imagine! have several options.


If you’re interested in donating, you can choose to support a particular program, or to an age group or you can give an unrestricted donation to the organization. You can also check with your employer to see if they have a donation matching program.

Visit Imagine! online at and the Etsy shop where clients sell their artwork at shop/ImagineColoradoArt.

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The Longmont Ice Pavilion is a seasonal ice rink, offering public ice skating, hockey, skating lessons and party facilities throughout the winter, weather permitting. Come enjoy the ice, get some exercise, and have a great time in the facility. PUBLIC SKATING: Mondays 11:30am-1:30pm and 3-5:15pm Tuesday 3-5:15pm Wednesday 11:30am-1:30pm, and 3-5pm Thursday 3-5pm Friday 12:30-6:15pm Saturday 11:30am-9pm Sunday 1:30-6pm 725 8th Ave., Longmont $5 to $7.50 (Optional skate rental $3)

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Poetry night Last Fridays, monthly, 7 p.m. Live poetry readings are great experiences for poets and audiences alike. Take a poem of your own to read aloud or just go to listen. $5 suggested donation. (Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave.,Longmont)

book clubS First, third or fourth Saturdays, monthly Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to read more? What better way to do that than to join a book club? Each club reads a different selection, so you can belong to more than just one if you’re truly ambitious. First Edition!: Third Rocks!: Fourth Editions:

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Public Safety citizenS academy Wednesdays, February 1- May 3 6:30-9:30 p.m.

The rags to riches love story of Molly and Leadville Johnny Brown, owners of the richest mine in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century. A comedic yet honest commentary on the classes and the human spirit of the Colorado settlers, this grand musical is a tour de force with rousing and sentimental songs and dances reminiscent of the times. (Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St.,Longmont,

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In this family-friendly chamber opera, Boulder Opera takes their audience on a journey around the world, exploring fire myths of three different cultures. Meet a singing rainbow crow, the god of thunder, and a moon-chief, and more magical characters. The performance is sung in English with a chamber quartet and runs approximately 35 minutes. For tickets and information visit (Stewart Auditorium, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont)

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Valentine PinuP WorkshoP & Photo shoot February 9, 7 p.m.

Bring out your inner bombshell in the Longmont Museum’s Valentine Pinup Workshop! Learn easy Pinup makeup and hairstyles as well as traditional poses. After Pinup 101 you’ll be ready for the camera and a retro photoshoot. Your photos will be emailed to you in time for Valentine’s Day! ($30) (Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont)

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Get dressed to the nines and enjoy romantic songs, light hors d’ oeurvres, wine and chocolate. Hold each other close for the serenading, provided by the Longmont Chorale Singers, filling the air with romance and love notes. $30 general admission $80 “Sweet Heart Package”: tickets for two, choice of a dedicated love song & custom message of endearment (Stewart Auditorium, at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center)

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lawless [activities] away. We work with the homeless shelters to accommodate their overflow,” says Martinez. Their focus is to keep the rates as low as possible to give these low income and homeless families in distress temporary housing by limiting the amount of travel and single-stay visitors. They do this with intent and concern for the underserved in the community, often invisible among us.

‘low price’ tenants and put people in distress and homeless back on the streets.” Putting people out is exactly what Martinez would like to avoid. In order to do that, he’s looking to refinance the existing mortgages on the property within the next twelve months, though sooner would be better than later. He isn’t looking for a cash handout or cash out loan, only to keep their presence in their current location. “We have a great piece of real estate in a great part of town and want to hold onto this investment for the long term.”


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Maintaining this type of business is not without its challenges and now Martinez is asking for the help of the community in return in the form of a mortgage opportunity. Their profitability and credit score have not been cited as factors for being unable to secure a traditional bank loan. “Banks have turned us away (not down) because of our customer base and will only consider refinancing our mortgage if we start catering to tourists and become a franchise motel,” Martinez explains. “The changes the banks are asking for would cause us to have to increase our rates and drive away the

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VieWS And BreWS: food & trAVel film SerieS Thursday Nights February 9 – March 23: 6 p.m.- Galleries, bar and lounge; 7:15 p.m.- Films

Take a journey around the world through food and travel in the Museum’s Stewart Auditorium every Thursday night through March 23. Signature drinks, wine, beer and snacks will be available for purchase. Film Series Admission: $8 general public, $5 Museum members. February 9: Chocolat- Rated PG-13 Winter Sprinter - A SWim (Stewart Auditorium, at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center)

Beer VS. Beer dinner February 12 at 6:30 p.m. Samples World Bistro brings back its popular beer dinner, pitting brewer against brewer. February 12, enjoy Wibby Brewing and Bootstrap Brewing Company and vote on the best! This event is reservations only and tickets are $55 including tax. The Prairie Scholars will be performing. Purchase tickets at or call 303.327.9318. (Samples World Bistro, 370 Main St., Longmont)

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