The Denver Business Journal announces 12 Outstanding Women in Business for 2013

DBJ’s Outstanding Women in Business Communications, Media and Public Relations Winner Timi Aguilar of Aguilar Public Relations

The Denver Business Journal honored 12 distinctive women during their annual Outstanding Women in Business awards luncheon held earlier today at the Grand Hyatt hotel in downtown Denver. Winners in the categories of architecture, engineering and construction; banking, finance and accounting; communications, media and public relations; education, government and nonprofits; health care; large business owner; law; Mile High Leaders; real estate; small business owner; technology and telecommunications were announced, as well as a special lifetime achievement recipient.

Timi Aguilar, Principal of Castle Rock, Colorado-based Aguilar Public Relations was this year’s winner in the category of communications, media and public relations. Timi’s fellow finalists include Meg VanderLaan, Vice President of Corporate Communications for MWH Global in Broomfield, Colorado, and Megan Moye Zacher, founding partner and designer with Zebra Inc. in Denver, Colorado.

The winner of the lifetime achievement award for this year was Jane Miller, CEO of Charter Baking in Boulder Colorado makers of Rudi’s Organic and Gluten-free baked goods.  Ms. Miller has held an executive position at every company she’s worked for — Frito-Lay, Bestfoods and H.J. Heinz in London, to name a few. She is also a mentor and board member for the Boulder-based Unreasonable Institute, which connects entrepreneurs from around the world with successful mentors in business, technology, social change and other areas.

A full breakdown of today’s event, including expanded information on all of the very talented finalists in all the categories, will be available on The Denver Business Journal web site Friday.


“Jobs” star, and others in their A&F model days

ashton-kutcher-pour-abercrombie-amp-fitchOn the eve of the opening of his latest film “Jobs,”  actor Ashton Kutcher may be reminiscing of some earlier, simpler times in his career. Times that didn’t include holding up a network TV show, a messy divorce, and media scrutiny of almost every aspect of his life. From this shot, things looked pretty carefree back in 1998. Follow the link and check out other celebs before they were more famous striking a pose for clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch.

What do you think of Kutcher’s photo, as well as the rest? Share your feedback with us here.

Starwood Hotels announce Aloft will soon join downtown Denver hotels

Servic bellDowntown Denver will soon get a new hip and trendy hotel to add to its roster. Plans were recently announced for a new Starwood Hotels property known as Aloft to grace the corner of 15th and Stout Street. The Aloft Hotels are geared to a younger, hipper demographic by boasting a more sleek urban aesthetic.

The project will be six-stories high and about 70,000 square feet in size. A below-grade level will include hotel functions and a swimming pool/fitness area. The ground floor will include about 2,000 SF of retail and lobby uses and a porte-cochère with vehicle ingress off Stout Street and vehicle egress via the alley between Stout and Champa. The upper five floors will contain approximately 140 hotel rooms.

The current occupant of the space is a former Burger King. While BK hasn’t occupied the space in many years, a revolving door of food service businesses has opened in the space; only to close shortly thereafter. That building will be razed to make room for the new hotel. Plans for the new hotel have been completed by the architecture firm of Olive Architecture of Raleigh, NC

According to the Aloft web site, the vibe of their hotels is geared towards an experience that celebrates the individual and gives you freedom to control and customize your travel adventure to fit your personal style. While still in the planning stages, the Aloft Denver project is slated for completion in April of 2014.

For more information on this new venture, and to see a rendering of the new structure click here. For more info on Starwood Hotels Aloft properties, follow this link. And tell us, what are some of your favorite hotel spaces or buildings in downtown Denver.

Li’l Devils Lounge adds new life to S. Broadway bar scene


A new bar has opened up on the S. Broadway corridor. Li’l Devils Lounge has taken over the spot previously occupied by controversial tavern The Barker Lounge. In this story on, new owners Tony Fleith and Justin McConnell talk about revamping the space into a more upscale space, and the challenges of living down the legacy of the past. Fleith also talks about a hope that the bar can bring folks back to the table for discussions…instead of to the nearest smart device.

Check out the article here, and share with us what some of your favorite watering holes are in your local.

A “Just Do It” pep talk for 2013


Fingers crossed for a great year ahead…

We can stand on the sidelines and cheer on others, or we can get into the game and participate! Yeah, I know, but platitudes aside, here is a piece from ProducersWeb that hopefully will light a fire in your belly, and make you want to seize the year by the…(fill in the blank on your own here)

Is barbeque season that far away? Details revealed this Saturday

ImageCould it be that the end of winter is in our sights? The world is anxiously awaiting the arrival of “Punxsutawney Phil,” the beloved tree-dwelling groundhog of the named Pennsylvania town who will predict whether winter will end early or rage on for six more weeks this Saturday. I for one would love to see winter end sooner rather than later. Why? Simple…spring and summer are the best; the rebirth of the beautiful flora, the warmer weather, the food…all are things to look forward to in the warmer months. Especially the food…

ImageBarbeque is a staple of the summer. Sure, with the advent of indoor rotisseries and the ever-popular “Mean Green Grilling Machines” of the world, barbeque can sally on all year long. But there is nothing quite like the smell of barbeque being cooked outdoors over an open flame. And one of the best is a Colorado favorite known as “Fat Daddy’s BBQ.”

Click on this link to read more about Fat Daddy’s BBQ, and what makes them unique in the food service industry. Have a favorite of your own you would like to mention? Feel free to do so in our comments section. In the meantime, enjoy the mental imagery.

A great kick-off to the Valentine’s Day season, courtesy of The 9th Avenue Collection and benefiting The Alexander Foundation

This very special event is a great way to kick off the Valentine’s Day season. Enjoy food and libations from renowned caterer Gourmet Fine Catering, plus a live exhibition of the Argentine “Forbidden Dance,” the Tango. Tickets can be purchased through The Alexander Foundation web site, or by following this link.