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JULY 1, 2010

Fast Signs speeding

to Centennial

ReMax pros partner for the Cure, Pg. 23 Affordable apartments planned, Pg. 25 Parness is Perry & Co. president, Pg. 26

HOME & GARDEN  Auto Review: Lexus is fuel eco-friendly, Pg. 24  Tips to create a pet-friendly yard Pg. 25  New Littleton apartments planned Pg. 25

DEVELOPMENT Fast Signs arrives in Littleton Pg. 23  Giant bike dealer rides into town Pg. 26 

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The conceptual plan for the Fast Signs near Havana Street and Arapahoe Road. Courtesy city of Centennial


ast Signs’ franchise on Dayton Street at Arapahoe Road plans to move half of a mile down the road into a new two-story building near Havana Street and Arapahoe. Fast Signs is currently in Greenwood Village, while the new building would be in Cen-

tennial, at 10697 E. Briarwood Circle, next to the Kuni Honda dealership and behind the McDonald’s. Centennial City Council approved a final development plan, June 7, for the two-story, 7,150 square foot building, to rest on a .47-acre site.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, RE/MAX launch For thousands of people passionate about finding a cure for breast cancer, there is now a way to turn their home sale or purchase into a contribution to one of the most prominent cancer foundations in the U.S., Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Homebuyers and sellers can now work with a RE/MAX agent, who participates in the “Home for the Cure” program, through which the agent pledges to make a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure when a home sale is complete. The newly rebranded program, which includes Home for the Cure sign riders on RE/MAX yard signs, is meant to raise money for breast cancer research, education and early detection programs while generating awareness in communities across the country. “Komen for the Cure is an outstanding organization that is making daily strides in the fight to find the cure for breast cancer and raise awareness about early detection and treatment,” said

Margaret Kelly, CEO of RE/MAX and a breast cancer survivor, who was named to the 25 Yoplait Champions list that celebrates women and men doing extraordinary things in their community to fight breast cancer. “RE/MAX and its agents have dedicated many years raising money for Komen, and yet we know there’s more that can be done. This is just another way for us to further the cause and help our friends and neighbors who have all been touched, in some way, by this disease.” RE/MAX is a proud national sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series and has been a partner of

Fast Signs has been named one of the top 50 franchises from 2006-2010 by Franchise Business Review. In the new building, Fast Signs will be able to do its sign fabrication and production plus its storefront retail in one, expanded place. Fast Signs consults, designs,

produces and installs many types of signs, including banners, flags, yard signs, vehicle graphics, tradeshow exhibits, posters and other promotional products. There are seven Fast Signs franchises in the Denvermetro area.

Home for the Cure the organization since 2002. RE/MAX offices and agents take part in local Komen Race for the Cure events and have adopted other annual fundraisers to show their support. But the new program gives them one more option to donate as an agent or collectively as an office. In addition to Home for the Cure, RE/MAX also launched Agent for the Cure and Office for the Cure programs that facilitate involvement from the network of 60,000 RE/MAX agents in the U.S. “The success of the breast cancer movement is enhanced by the passion of people like

Margaret Kelly, who have faced breast cancer in their own lives and with their families,” said Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “The RE/MAX family of breast cancer programs gives many, many people the opportunity to participate in the breast cancer cause.” The majority of funds raised benefit local Komen Affiliates which is critical for RE/MAX Associates who embrace the communities in which they live and work. RE/MAX is also a proud partner of Children’s Miracle Network, and RE/MAX offices support many local nonprofit organizations and community programs. For more information about RE/MAX or to find an agent who supports Susan G. Komen for the Cure, visit www.remax. com. For more information about the Komen Race for the Cure Series, visit www.komen. org.

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Lexus HS Hybrid sedan offers

outstanding fuel economy

The base price of the 2010 Lexus HS 250h Premium HS is $36,900.

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BY H. THROTTLE exus makes fabulous products and the 2010 Lexus HS 250h Premium is part of the family of very successful automobiles. This particular model is interesting because of the hybrid technology that gives the car outstanding mileage of 35 to 40 mpg – an amazing mileage performance for a larger four-door sedan. The outstanding technology comes from the hybrid technology that relies on battery support and the brainy technology that allows the car to perform on Eco or Power modes. The driving difference is stunning in performance – coasting along the highway in Eco mode or touching the power mode button. The response is immediate, even the air conditioning picks up when the full 2.4L, 16-valve motor goes to work. Performance is far better in the power mode, but, of course, the fabulous gas mileage drops. The driver has a choice between power or economy, an interesting choice in today’s higher gasoline priced economy. The Lexus has the quality features of immaculate “tungsten pearl” paint and the elegant interior leather and wood trim. The dashboard is elaborate and almost resembles an airplane console, lots of levers, buttons, dials and knobs – too many in fact for most drivers.


The base price of the Lexus HS is a reasonable $36,900 for this quality vehicle. However, Toyota has added a vast list of accessories that drive the price of the test model to a $48,985. All the bells and whistles add almost $13,000 in additional costs. This seems to be a growing trend in auto sales, to bring in a low suggested retail price and then add a long list of extra features, all quite nice and desirable but expensive in the auto price. Most of the cars’ features these days are offered at steep discounts and one might surmise that Toyota makes special offers on some of the luxury premium accessories like navigation systems, radar cruise control, park assist and remote auto start. All these features are attractive and desirable, but expensive extras. If the dealer makes a special deal on the bells and whistles, why not? Otherwise, go for the basic model without all of the expensive extras. The Lexus HS Premium test model has the appearance, ride, and handling of Lexus quality. However, this car has one major difference and that is – it is a hybrid model loaded with batteries and fairly standard hybrid technology that works about the same in most hybrid vehicles. Frankly, I don’t care for hybrids, don’t like the battery-based technology and

feel that in just a few short years this technology will be obsolete. I would purchase this car as a full gasoline model without any hybrid technology. This driver doesn’t like the lack of engine noise; it starts on battery power and the engine starts after the vehicle is moving. The engine alternates with the battery system to burn less fuel and provide the classic fuel economy. The car feels heavy on the road. Some major auto manufacturers like Ford are achieving great success by going to the turbo-charged 4-cylinder engines and leaving out the expensive battery powered technology and getting more power out of smaller engines. So, bottom line is ride, comfort, styling and handling are all top drawer, but the technology is experimental and an effort to reach consumers who want maximum fuel economy and prefer green technology products. Here is the opportunity for those who wish to decrease our demand on oil to drive a luxury car that produces fuel economy along with luxury. It is a philosophical choice for drivers to make.

Education company coming to Streets at SouthGlenn offices Pearson, a global leader in education, signed a 10-year lease for three floors of office space at the Streets at SouthGlenn, Alberta Development announced June 9. The group plans to come in November, bringing 680 employees. Pearson’s eCollege business would occupy three floors totaling 96,027 square feet of space of the Silver LEED certified, five-story Class A office space. Pearson’s eCollege is at the forefront of developing innovative, online, personalized learning programs to educational institutions around the globe.


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Adding a small water feature to your yard can cool pets down on really hot days. Photos courtesy of ALCC

Tips for a pet-friendly yard Submitted by ALCC hen it comes to pets and the yard, it will be easier to keep pets out of the proverbial dog house if you do a few things to accommodate their needs and to eradicate ongoing problems.


Cool pets with a water feature

Most people think that water features are anything but pet-friendly and worry about having both pets and a water feature in their yard. In reality, water features are good for dogs. • Water features provide an ongoing source of drinking water, but you need to use non-toxic cleaners in the water. Even a pondless (stream like) feature will

provide the water a pet needs. •They also allow dogs to cool their feet. Since dogs perspire through their feet, keeping their feet cool helps them cope with the heat of summer. Making sure dogs stay hydrated on hot days when you are away from home is a major challenge solved by a water feature. A pet-friendly feature requires a few design and maintenance considerations, but little to no more expense than any other water feature.

Deal with puddles

Sporting breeds instinctively dig when they see water, so the best solution is to eradicate low spots that become puddles and lead to muddy paw prints across the floor. Short term fixes are as easy as placing rocks or bricks in holes and depressions. Swampy and puddle areas due to low spots in the yard or drainage problems should be dealt with by re-grading for the long-term solution.

Create shade

Female dogs, especially, like to nest and will dig a nest in cool places next to foundations. In wet weather, the nesting area holds wa-

Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health plans new Littleton apartments By Joshua Cole


he Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network plans to renovate two apartment complex buildings by the end of the year in Littleton in order to provide affordable housing for transitioning patients. The network is planning to apply for a Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant of about $1.6 million to renovate 16 units between two buildings on the 5300 block of South Fox Street, near West Belleview Avenue and South Broadway. The grant would be administered through the Colorado Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of a national program associated with the federal stimulus, according to Michael Ellis, chief financial officer for Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health. “First of all, it will prevent the building from going into further decay. Second of all, it will bring affordable housing to the area. Thirdly, the reason our agency is involved is because we really have a problem finding housing for our clients,” Ellis said. “This will provide an opportunity for them to integrate into the community with affordable housing.”

The property, which was built in 1962, is in foreclosure, and it’s been a “chronic problem” for Littleton’s code enforcement. The current owner lives in Castle Rock and hasn’t been “cooperative in keeping it maintained,” according to a Littleton staff report. “It appears that the purchase and renovation of this property by ADMHN will provide a needed housing option for mentally ill citizens in Littleton and also be a very positive enhancement to the surrounding neighborhood,” said Littleton City Manager Jim Woods. One of the 16 units in the 12,200 square feet between the two buildings would be for an on-site manager. Littleton City Council, June 15, approved writing a letter of support. Arapahoe County Commissioners are scheduled to talk about giving their support at a July 13 study session. “This issue is a huge issue, and I applaud Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health for moving in this direction,” said Littleton City Councilman Bruce Stahlman. “Mental illness is a big front-end issue as far as homelessness. What they’re doing in this regard is doubly beneficial.”

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ter that can lead to foundation problems. This is one reason why dogs need to be encouraged to find shade in the right places. If there are few tree-shaded areas encourage dogs to seek shade by giving access to the north and east sides of the house or by making other shaded areas like the space underneath a trampoline accessible.

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digs Stunt Rider Jeff Lenosky looks over at the crowd during the grant opening festivities for Giant Cycling World, in Aspen Grove.

ECONOMIC NEWS IN BRIEF Cherry Creek’s Green Bride moves to Main Street DeeDee and Holly Marsh held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the move of The Green Bride from Cherry Creek to 2340 W. Main St. (formerly Sous le Lit’s location). This mother/daughter team works to find the right dress at the right price for each bride they work with, whether in their shop or through their website. Carefully selected consignment dresses – sometimes never worn – and contacts with well-known designers for sample dresses help reduce the global footprint of customers and ensure an incredible selection of dresses in all price ranges. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the dresses is contributed to the Dalit Freedom Network to help end female slavery. Contact: 303-798-2222 or

Leo Goto’s Riverfront Restaurant & Event Center A ribbon cutting took place recently at Leo Goto’s Riverfront Restaurant and Event Center (2852 W. Bowles Ave.). Owner Leo Goto seemed to be in three places at once: serving patrons Asian Fusion cuisine in the restaurant; welcoming guests to a catered event in the event center and attached gazebo and patio; and overseeing the kitchen.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 9 p.m. on Saturdays beginning July 17. Contact: 303-865-8500;

Savory Spice Shop announces franchise opportunity Savory Spice Shop, with four operating stores in the Denver metropolitan area, announced plans for selling franchises throughout the country. The franchisor company, Savory Franchising Team LLC, has begun to take applications through the store’s website at www.savory “We’ve been well received by the Denver marketplace and are excited to expand this exciting concept even further,” said Mike Johnston, who with his wife, Janet, founded the first Savory Spice Shop in September 2004 and their second store, in Littleton, two years later. A new concept for the franchise marketplace, Savory Spice Shop offers more than 400 herbs, spices and seasonings that are ground and blended weekly to ensure superior freshness. The shop, with its hundreds of jars lining the walls and bins filled with fragrant spices, helps to create a shopping experience of days past. Customers are encouraged to sample products and have packaged only the amounts they need, starting at as little as a half ounce.

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Giant bicycle company opens first store in Littleton


iant Cycling World opened June 19 in Aspen Grove Shopping Center, with stunt performances and other demonstrations. The 41,000 square foot store is the first branded by the international bicycle company. Erik Krell and Vint Schoenfeldt, who also own six Rocky

Mountain Spine and Sports clinics, own the Giant specialty retail store to provide community access to the benefits of the latest bicycling technology and professional consumer experience. At the opening festivities, World Cup and Olympic cyclist Adam Craig led an advanced road ride, Giant Bicycle Factory Team rider Carl Decker led a begin-

ner ride, and mountain and stunt biking legend Jeff Lenosky performed. Giant Cycling World is at 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, #178, in Littleton, 303-703-1700, www.giant

Parness named Perry & Co. president


erry & Co., Real Estate Professionals, announced that Managing Broker Heather Parness has been promoted to president of the company. Parness, who joined Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals in September 2009 as the managing broker has been working in a leadership role for the past nine months with a focus on assisting agents in their work with clients, recruiting agents for the company’s long term growth and serving as a key player on the management team in setting a course for the company’s future. R. Don Larrance, cofounder of the company in 1971 and its president since 2000, will

remain in a leadership and management role as the company’s CEO. Since Parness joined Perry & Co. several new agents and staff members have also come on board at Perry & Co’s three offices located in Cherry Creek North, Cherry Creek East and Greenwood Village. Parness said, “I am thrilled, humbled and completely ready to step into this position. To follow in Don’s footsteps is a daunting enterprise. He is beloved and is the heart and soul of Perry & Co. Don will continue to be a great mentor, and contribute to the future strategy.” For more info, visit www.perry

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