I was so excited to open the Denver Post’s Lifestyle’s section on November 3rd and see two of my favorite people staring back at me. Bruce Littlehorn and Larry Beard Jr. own urbandwellers, a unique home furnishings company that The Stasko Agency began working with last year. The couple’s business is based out of their home – a 1,000-square foot loft that also doubles as a showroom for urbandwellers’ designs.

Post writer Sheba Wheeler profiled the pair and their unconventional home, explaining how the residence seamlessly showcases urbandwellers space-saving products, including a coffee table from its “hom” line and indoor fountains (one is pictured below) from the company’s “flo” collection. You can read the article here.

If you live in an urban abode with limited space, I encourage to check out ubandwellers designs. You can find a list of stores that carry urbandwellers products here.

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This past Veteran’s Day, we were lucky enough to help Circle Fresh Farms spread the word about a program the company launched to help veterans transition into farming . Called Veterans to Farmers, the Denver-based non-profit places veterans at one of Circle Fresh’s network farms, where they learn agricultural skills and gain on the job experience by growing sustainable, greenhouse-raised crops.

Veterans can complete the program in nine months or less and have the opportunity to join Circle Fresh’s network once they’re done, providing participants with potential for sustainable, long-term income.

We were proud to see the Veterans to Farmers program highlighted in the Denver Business Journal, The Fence Post, The Colorado Springs Independent and on 9News, 7NEWS and Examiner.com.

We encourage you to read the stories and let the veterans in your lives know about this special program. Veterans to Farmers is doing important work – providing our communities with fresh, healthy and organic produce, while helping our veterans adjust back into a productive civilian life.

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Last month, The Stasko Agency helped Zocalo Community Development announce the sale of its downtown hi-rise apartment building Solera, which fetched $37 million in a deal with a New Jersey real estate company. The sale was a record for the state of Colorado and garnered the attention of the Denver Business Journal, Inside Real Estate, the Denver Post and Yahoo! Finance.

Solera is downtown Denver’s first LEED Gold certified apartment building and features a slew of earth-friendly finishes, including Energy-star rated appliances and high-efficiency lighting. A Personal Energy Monitor is also provided in each unit to help residents become more educated about their energy usage, saving residents up to 50 percent in energy bills. Located at 20th and Lawrence streets, Solera is just blocks away from some of Denver’s best restaurants, shops and entertainment.

Zocalo, led by developer David Zucker, continues to keep us busy. In September, the company announced plans to build a 13-story, 220-unit apartment project at 17th & Chestnut streets in the heart of the Union Station. When construction starts early next year, it will be the second Zocalo project under development downtown. The other – 2020 Lawrence – is a 231-unit apartment building located a block away from Solera. Both projects will be LEED Gold certified.

We’re sure David has more up his sleeve, so stay tuned. If you’d like more information about the company, click here.

At The Stasko Agency, we strive to connect our clients with the right audience. For some clients that means performing media outreach. For others, it requires building business partnerships.

When we first walked into 1515 Restaurant and saw what a great meeting venue it was, we knew we had to raise the downtown eatery’s profile among local event planners. With its exposed brick walls and large windows overlooking Market Street, 1515’s dining area serves as the perfect backdrop for a rehearsal dinner, holiday party or elegant birthday bash.

So, earlier this month, we invited some of Denver’s most influential event planners to experience the restaurant’s inviting atmosphere and creative cuisine. The guests included representatives from Visit Denver,   Skyline Productions, Convention Design, Sena Marketing Strategies, Event Designs and RevNetworking. These expert party planners sampled a wide range of items designed to showcase 1515’s unique, contemporary American fare.

The menu included tender strips of Wagyu Beef, seared diver scallops, Sous Vide Colorado lamb and Fruit De Mer, a combination of lobster, mussels, clams, scallops and potato. 1515 Owner Gene Tang. who serves as a master sommelier, also gave guests a tour of his wine collection (which includes more than 450 vintages) and offered wine selections that paired perfectly with every meal.

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For more information visit www.1515restaurant.com or call 303-571-0011.

Anyone who knows me, knows how passionate I am about everything the Highland neighborhood has to offer. So, I was thrilled to see more than 50 local merchants turn out July 25th, for a tour and informational meeting at Tejon34. Hosted by Stasko Agency client Red Chair Realty Advisors, the event gave merchants the opportunity to view a beautiful property and learn more about the neighborhood where they run their businesses. Attendees represented a wide range of businesses, from restaurants such as Highland Tap and Burger and Pasquini’s to

retailer such as Goldyn and Amendment XXI and the new dentistry practice, Pearl Dentistry.

Red Chair partners Paul Tamburello and Rick Flanagan provided an update on commercial and residential projects and also offered information about the changing demographics of the neighborhood. As a longtime Highland resident and business owner, I was happy to share some fun facts about my favorite stomping ground. Did you know that:

  • Highland includes more than 7,000 households
  • When you are speaking about both the Lower Highland and West Highlands, it’s commonly referred to as “The Highlands.” But when the Lower Highland – on its own- is simply called Highland (no “s”).
  • There are 48 retaurants/bars in the neighborhood.
  • Highland is bounded by Federal Boulevard to the west, Interstate 25 to the east, 38th Avenued to the north and Speer Boulevard to the south.
  • Highland is home to seven churches and one monastery.

We also discussed more effective ways to work together as business owners. To help spur more partnerships, I’ll be sending out a “Merchant Messenger” to promote merchant specials and events. We are also in the process of creating a welcome gift basket for new residents that would include items and discount cards from local businesses.

Since the response to the first gathering was so strong, we’ve decided to start meeting monthly! Our next event will be held on August 29th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Linger, 2030 W. 30th Ave. If you want to learn more, feel free to call or email me – 303-477-9902/lu@staskoagency.com. Also, be sure to follow me on Facebook for updates: www.facebook.com/TheStaskoAgency.

The Stasko Agency is proud to announce that Red Chair Realty Advisors has sold its first unit in the Tejon34 development. The three bedroom, three-and-a-half bedroom townhome located at the corner of 34th Avenue and Tejon Street, sold on June 27th for $855,000. The 3,000-square foot unit features a two-car garage, a master suite with five-piece bath and more than 1,000-square feet of outdoor living space.

Buyer Jim Hill, who is leaving Centennial for life in the city, said he and his wife were attracted to Tejon34 because of its size and spectacular views of the Denver skyline.
“It has the same square footage as our suburban home, it’s just laid out differently,” noted Jim. “And we like the fact that there’s a lot of outside space. The rooftop deck is a real selling point.”
Indeed, here’s a peek at the view from the deck of Jim’s new home:

Jim also liked Tejon34’s close proximity to dining, bars, bike paths and major sports facilities. The property is also a “smart” development, featuring Energy Star rated Viking appliances and a high-efficiency gas fireplace.

It doesn’t hurt that Highland has been getting a lot of publicity lately for it’s great lifestyle and amenities. 5280 Magazine named the neighborhood one of Denver’s most compelling and Downtown Denver News featured Tejon34 in its most recent issue. You can read about it here. Be sure to look for news about the development in the next issue of Out Front Colorado.

Built by River Meadow, LLC, Tejon34’s first phase includes five units. Two units are the market and two others should be ready for sale by September. For more information check out the Tejon34 blog.

A survey conducted by our client, Mountain States Employers Council, has recently been featured in several media outlet, including the Denver Business Journal:

“Colorado businesses are experiencing double-digit percentage increases in insurance costs for the third straight year and are passing along a greater portion of them to employees, according to a new survey by the Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC).

Health coverage costs rose an average of 10 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to the 541 companies that reported an increase this year, said Patty Goodwin, director of surveys for the employers’ support organization that has about 3,000 member employers.”

Click here to read more.

Burn calories, support a local nonprofit, and have a chance to win a great prize, all at once! Come on down tonight, Wed. 6/22 at 7:30pm to Little Man Ice Cream for their Annual Hula Hoop Competition! The grand prize: two 3-day passes to see Widespread Panic at Red Rocks (a sold out show!) Grab your friends and your hula hoops and shake it for your chance to win the prize! Registration is only $15 for competitors, and all the proceeds will benefit The GrowHaus, an interactive, indoor urban garden and education center.

For information, call (303) 455-3811. (Remember to bring your own hula hoop!)

Denver’s farmer’s markets serve as a great source of locally-grown fruits and vegetables every summer. But where do you go during the off-seasonfor fresh fare? One of our clients – Circle Fresh Farms – is helping to solve that dilemma by working with local farmers to grow pesticide-free produce year-round in greenhouses.
The Denver-based company has a network of five farms that are supplying tomatoes and lettuce to Whole Foods stores throughout the metro area. Circle Fresh helps the farmers by providing access to financial resources, sales and marketing support and guidance on growing food hydroponically in greenhouses. Some of the farmers, such as former Longmont nursery owner Jon Hulme, have transitioned to completely new crops with Circle Fresh Farms’ help.
Jon’s shift from growing trees to producing tomatoes has already caught the attention of several local media outlets, who covered the farmer’s first tomato harvest earlier this month. His success story was featured in the Boulder Daily Camera, Longmont Times Call and Boulder County Business Report. Here are a few pictures of Jon, his beautiful tomatoes and one of his happy harvesters.

We expect Circle Fresh Farms to garner more exposure as it add more farms to its budding network. In addition to selling its products at Whole Foods, the company is also working on local restaurants that may want to feature locally-grown produce on their menus. So, consider asking where the food is grown next time you dine out. Happy eating!

We want to send out a hearty congratulations to Mountain States Employers Council, which just wrapped up a series of well-attended Employment Law Conferences throughout the state. The conferences were held in May in Denver, Fort Collins, Grand Junction and Colorado Springs. Geared towards managers, supervisors and Human Resource professionals, the annual conference covers the most significant employment law updates. This year’s conference, which included sessions on workplace incivility and changes to disability laws, captured a good amount of media attention.

MSEC experts shared their insights about these important topics with the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, the Grand Valley Business Journal, NewsChannel 5 (the CBS affiliate in Grand Junction) and KRDO (1240 AM) in Colorado. Gregg Moss of 9News’ morning broadcast also interviewed Mark Parcheta, an attorney with MSEC and a panelist at all four conferences. You can view that interview here.

Thanks to Mark and his colleagues Lorrie Ray and Evan Abbott for making themselves available while juggling their conference duties. Here’s a photo of Evan and Mark at the Denver conference.

We also wanted to say kudos to Linhart PR for winning a Colorado BMA Gold Key award for its work on HealthSource Colorado. HealthSource Colorado is a groundbreaking health plan available to MSEC members through UnitedHealthcare, a Linhart client.