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 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/ Also, be sure to follow me on Facebook for updates:

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.


Happy New Year! 2011 is already off to a good start, with our clients seeing results from seeds we planted late last year.

The January issue of Parts & People magazine features a great story on entrepreneur Greg Sands, owner of 20 auto repair shops across the country (including one in Parker and another in Thornton) and founder of the direct mail company Mudlick Mail. We’ve been working with Greg since last September to raise awareness of Mudlick Mail, which helps auto repair shops increase business through direct mail campaigns.

To read the article, click here. Greg’s marketing insight was also recently highlighted in Tire Review magazine and aftermarketNews. Greg will also be a featured contributor in the upcoming January/February issue of Shop Owner magazine, where he’ll talk about why direct mail makes sense for auto repair shops.
Shifting from cars to food, we’re proud to report that Highland hot spot Gallop Cafe got a shout out last month in Denver by the Slice. The urban food blog posted this great pic of the cafe’s much lauded Bloody Mary, which should help convince you that breakfast beverages really are the most important meal of the day.

Root Down’s “green” grub received another nod in The Week, a national magazine dedicated to highlighting the best news and opinion in U.S. and world media. The magazine’s September 24th issue summarized The New York Times story praising Root Down, The Squeaky Bean and Fruition for offering “farm-to-fork” food.

Jay Cheshes wrote the piece in August, but we’re glad to see The Week give the story new legs. The restaurant is now working on its autumn menu, which is being crafted based on which items will be available through local vendors. We’ll post something on the new menu as soon as we can.

Hello Friends! The Stasko Agency is looking forward to the new year and all the possibilities of 2009! But, before we jump in with both feet…we want to leave you with a few highlights of an incredibly busy 2008:

March, 2008: The Stasko Agency joins the team of Interior Aqua Solutions (a distributor of Accents in Water) to help spread the news about their incredible interior water features.

April 2008: We provided some publicity services to the Urban Green Conference this past year. The conference included a Green Gallery, displaying architectural models of sustainable building concepts created by graduate students from the CU College of Architecture and Planning. These creative models gained a lot of interest from the television media! The winning project and recipient appeared on the Good Day Colorado Show.

June 2008: HUNI Hours, a monthly happy hour for neighbors and businesses to get to know each other, were in full force. This is the second year Lu has served at the Chairman of the Highland United Neighbors, Inc. (HUNI) Social Committee.

The top of Little Man Ice Cream was (oh so carefully) moved down Federal Blvd. – – big news maker of the day!

Denver’s first LEED-Silver multi-family residential development, RiverClay, celebrated an official launch party. The story was featured in Architecture & Design, Strategize Magazine and ULI’s MultiFamily Trends magazines.

July, 2008: Little Man Ice Cream opened, with lots of publicity, including a piece on Fox 31 and Sunday Morning with Channel 9! (July 3, 2008)

August 2008: Western Real Estate hosted the first auction of its’ kind in Colorado, auctioned off “new homes” priced in the millions

The Devereux Polo Cup was held in the Western Slopes and Hotel Colorado went undefeated yet again!

Our client, Mark Bulla, of Western Real Estate hosted the first auction of its’ kind in Colorado and auctioned off “new homes” priced in the millions. Rocky Mountain News ran a full page feature in the Business Section.

September 2008: Shelby Bernard joins The Stasko Agency!

October 2008: The Colorado Business on Health held a conference at the Convention Center and Donna Marshall appeared on Fox’s Hot Box panel.

November 2008: The Hotel Colorado hosted a successful Jon Chandler CD Release Party.

A makeover to reign in the new year consisted of an office remodel and a new website (coming soon!)

The Stasko Agency headed up to Hotel Colorado to decorate for the Holiday Season.

Wash Park North hosted a Harvest Party to showcase their trendy condos in Washington Park.

December 2008: Root Down, a funky new field to fork restaurant in the Highland, opened for business after several successful soft openings & a VIP party.

The Stasko Agency looked back on the year and gave thanks for the positive business opportunites and new relationships.

A Special Thank You goes out to all of The Stasko Agency’s amazing clients in 2008!