Between new opportunities, go get’em clients and major life events, there was rarely a dull moment in 2010. Before we jump into 2011, let’s take a look at some of the highlights from this past year at The Stasko Agency.

January 2010: The Stasko Agency joins facebook! Find and friend us at

February 2010: We help promote the grand opening of two fantastic new businesses in Denver: HBurger Co (16th and Blake) and Highlands Wellness Center (32nd & Zuni). Check out the picture album from HBurger’s soft opening.

March 2010: Root Down wins the Mayor’s Design Award for Reclaimed Splendor, making them our 3rd client in a row to be recognized for this award. See the pictures.

April 2010: The Stasko Agency promotes Webbchange’s involvement in the “I am Free Enterprise” video contest hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Read our blog and watch their video entry here.

Lu, Shelby, & Dan attend the Denver Press Club’s Runyon Awards Banquet featuring P.J. O’Rourke.

May 2010: We get the unique opportunity to offer publicity services to the National Cohousing Conference in Boulder. Despite a tight schedule, we see great results, with articles in The Denver Post, Boulder Daily Camera, and, and an interview on Channel 9. Learn more about this unique conference…

June 2010: Peloton homeowner Jeff Pedelty moves to his new condo by bike! Pedelty’s story is picked up all over Colorado and a documentary of his journey is shown at the Boulder Film Festival on the official Bike to Work Day. Read the story on the Boulder Daily Camera.

We plan, promote and execute a successful Merchant Happy Hour in downtown Littleton for our client Nevada Place.

July 2010: The Stasko Agency works with the Dawson Center Summer 2010 program as the students participate in TedxDenverEd alongside colleague Janine Underhill. Read more!

Mountain States Employers Council and UnitedHealthcare announce an innovative health plan that encourages wellness for Colorado small businesses.

August 2010: For a second year, The Stasko Agency puts together a media tour for former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. The resulting message from this year’s tour was “Worst may be over for Colo. housing market

The Stasko Agency’s Shelby Bernard becomes Shelby Arnold after she gets married in Golden!

September 2010: Root Down is recognized in the New York Times.

Lu Stasko is featured on Blacktie Colorado’s Have you Met…

Erika Gonzalez of Scoop PR joins the Stasko Agency team.

October 2010: Bruce Jenner participates in the Mudstock 2010 training summit hosted by our client Mudlick Mail. Read the blog for the full story…

Gallop Cafe is featured on Channel 2’s Daybreak and Everyday. Check out the pictures or visit our blog to see the coverage.

We help promote the Colorado Culture of Health Conference, co-hosted by the Colorado Business Group on Health, LiveWell Colorado, the Colorado Physical Activity and Nutrition Program, and Mountain States Employers Council.

The Stasko Agency lends a hand with the grand opening of Guy Harvey’s Perfect Spot in Northfield. Read more!

November 2010: Solera Apartments’ launch party is a smashing success, with over 550 guests touring and partying in their newly finished building. After months of planning, we couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout. See the professional pictures on Solera’s facebook page.

Wyland’s Ocean Blue hosts their grand opening in Northfield, attracting media and fans alike. The Stasko Agency worked alongside PR colleague Tina Menditto to promote the event, which was featured on Channel 9, Metromix, Westword and more. Check out our blog entry…

Root Down holds a Winter Cocktail Competition for the Denver Media. The Dama Lama and Duck a l’orange are the winning drinks.

December 2010:
The Stasko Agency’s client, Wyland’s Ocean Blue, is the chosen venue for a beautiful and intimate Gabby Dinner, hosted by Gabby Gourmet.

A special thanks to our family, friends, clients and colleagues for making this such a memorable year. We look forward to all that 2011 holds and hope to reconnect with you soon!

Since it began in 1993, the National Cohousing Conference has been held across the country, drawing in cohousing residents, professionals, community organizers, architects, and sustainability experts from around the world. This year, The Stasko Agency has been asked to play a role in spreading the word about this amazing event and educating the media and public about the movement of cohousing!

Scheduled for June 18th-20th at the University of Colorado-Boulder, the National Cohousing Conference will focus on the theme “Sustainability through Community.” Highlights of the event include: CoHo University with intensive workshops; Featured Speakers; Community Tours; Conference Sessions with more than 60 presentations; and a fundraising banquet.

Time out: What is Cohousing?

Cohousing is a form of intentional neighborhood in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own community. In cohousing, residents know their neighbors well and enjoy a strong sense of community that is typically absent in contemporary cities and suburbs.

Cohousing communities consist of private, fully equipped dwellings and extensive common amenities including a common house and recreation areas. Most communities forge a strong partnership with a professional development team. Together they create a custom-built, resident-managed, close-knit neighborhood that offers a healthy balance of privacy and community. The six defining characteristics of cohousing are:1) Participatory process; 2) Neighborhood design; 3) Common facilities; 4) Resident management. 5) Non-hierarchical structure and decision-making; 6) No shared community economy.

Once a small grassrootsy collection of cohousers, the annual event now attracts over 300 people from around the United States and beyond, with the 2009 conference drawing attendees from 10 countries.

Key speakers for this year’s conference include: Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author (June 18), Dave Wann, author and community expert, (June 18), Charles Durrett, architect and author (June 20), and Kathryn McCamant, architect and cohousing expert (June 20).

Registration for this multi-day conference is still open and available to the general public. Visit for more information!

In the meanwhile, take some time to learn about cohousing & what it means for the residents. Check out What is Cohousing? to learn more about how the communities come together or read research findings on Commonly Asked Questions. Pretty incredible stuff!

As an organization that supports a wide range of eclectic and newsworthy clients, The Stasko Agency has had the opportunity to work with some unique media outlets, reaching out to audiences at a local, regional and national level.

We recently positioned an article about Root Down in Spaces Magazine, a publication which showcases innovative and intriguing design and has offices across the country. The magazine is just now making its way to Denver, and we were happy to see Root Down get a three-page spread about their space. You can pick up a copy of the magazine at the restaurant, which is located at 1600 W 33rd Ave in Denver.

Through a few connections and some behind the scenes work, Root Down was also featured on TLC’s What Not To Wear for the unveiling of one of their makeovers! We were able to meet one of the producers for the show, who mentioned how excited she was to see the segment come together and how much she enjoyed working with Justin and the Root Down team. It’s always refreshing to network with media professionals who appreciate our clients’ successes and are willing to seek out new opportunities.

We’re also seeing great coverage in the real estate realm. Solera made the front of the Colorado Real Estate Journal (June 17-June 30, 2009) with an article titled “Solera soars to new heights in sustainability,” which touts Zocalo Community Development’s reputation for raising the bar on sustainable developments in Denver.

Coverage like this is what makes our job worth it. We’ll leave you with a final thought, which was sent to us by our friend Janine Underhill with FutureWave Consulting.

“If I were down to my last dollar, I’d spend it on PR.” – Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder

Now that’s what we like to hear.