Happy Belly Boulder

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Owned and operated by skilled practitioner, Laura Dollarhide, Happy Belly has nearly 50 years of experience helping customers stay happy, healthy, and hydrated. Backed by the International Association of Colon Therapists (IACT), Happy Belly Boulder is a leader in naturopathic care, and one of Colorado’s longest running colon hydrotherapy centers. A graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver, the Michael Shea School of Colon Hydrotherapy, and the International Association of Colon Therapist (IACT), Laura Dollarhide studied with Bernard Jensen, DC, ND and Norman Walker DC, pioneering the field of Colon Hydrotherapy in the 1980s. Having also attended the American Institute for Natural Health, the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy, and completing dozens of continuing education courses from Metagenics, Mountain States Health, Allergy Research, and Univera, Ms. Dollarhide is one of the most qualified individuals performing colon hydrotherapy in Colorado today. Professional, sterile, and effective, Happy Belly’s colon hydrotherapy office uses a closed system, ensuring the highest quality non-chlorinated, fluoridated water, which is 99% free of all chemicals and medications commonly found in public water systems.

Introducing Meld Websites

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Since its founding in 2017, Holt Design LLC has grown from serving a few clients in Boulder, CO to a few dozen clients across the country, from California to Colorado, Texas to Mississippi. In recent months, I have focused primarily on website design and maintenance, as these areas provide the greatest opportunity for self expression. While I enjoy creating print marketing materials, e.g., folders, flyers, pamphlets, and cards, designed to mirror imagery found on the websites I design and build, and periodically post to my social media accounts, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, the thrust of my business is websites, and the maintenance thereof. Therefore, I rebranded my business to Meld Websites. Just as the word, meld, means to form something by merging or blending, so do I take sites that have fallen behind the technological curve and remake them into something new. What’s more, the name meld does not refer to an individual but a process, and as such is easily transferred, whereas a name, such as Holt, is specific to a person. While I continue to complete all work in house, my long-range goal is to expand the business to include more people—diverse individuals of various backgrounds, skills, and areas of expertise—and as I do I want them to identify with a name that symbolizes the convergence of thoughts and ideas. Simply put, I want to meld our talents into one enterprise that is bigger, better than any one person could hope to be, hence the name, Meld Websites.

Business & Office Konnextions

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From classically designed spaces to contemporary settings and everything in-between, Business & Office Konnextions is your trusted resource for premium office furniture in Mississippi. Whether you’re seeking to replace a couple pieces or redesign a complete campus, Business & Office Konnnextions has the skills, experience, and resources to realize your vision.Business & Office Konnextions Owner & President, Pat Reese, has been purveying fine business and office furniture Jackson, MS and the surrounding area for nearly three decades, building a sterling reputation based on quality merchandise, fair prices, and outstanding customer service. As a businesswoman and entrepreneur, Pat has risen to the top of her field by consistently delivering results for a range of business customers, from fledgling enterprises to established institutions, such as Jackson State University, Jackson Public Schools, County and City Governments to whom she supplies large quantities of furniture and scholastic supplies. If you are looking to restyle your office, classroom, auditorium, gymnasium, or break-room, develop and grow your business, or expand into new locations, Business & Office Konnextions is ready, able, and willing to help you actualize your dreams.

Absmeier Home Staging

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When my wife, Lora, and I were putting our home on the market in Spring 2019, we wanted to sell quickly and easily, and contracted Erin Absmeier of Absmeier Home to furnish our newly constructed basement. From the initial design consultation to project completion, Erin applied her extensive customer service experience to make us comfortable with the home staging and design process, answering questions in a polite, timely, and thorough manner. Erin’s assistant, Angie, was wonderful as well, offering useful tips and insight as she and Erin worked to decorate our basement, from the living room to the bedroom to the bathroom and flex space. When the project was complete, the space was transformed, and we couldn’t have been happier with the results, for we sold our home in under 10 day. With a professional background in design consultation, founder Erin has the artistic skills to transform any living space into a sought after location. Just as importantly, she has the interpersonal skills one expects from a top flight design firm. So, when the time comes to sell, be sure to check out Absmeier Home, you’ll be pleased.


Infinity Painting Services

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Infinity Painting Services has been serving the Denver Metropolitan Regions of years, providing the highest quality custom painting options for business and individual consumers. Offering exterior and interior finishes on commercial buildings and residential homes, Infinity is driven to excel, working diligently to exceed client expectations with every project. So, when my wife, Lora, and I were looking to sell our home we turned to Infinity owner, Jorge Martin. Jorge came highly recommended by our realtor, as well as our general contractor, and the work was everything we hoped it would be. Infinity offers custom painting, transform one’s office our home with a plethora of options. Lending their extensive experience, Jorge and his team help you select the optimal color, grade, and finish for your project. Licensed, bonded, and insured, Infinity’s experienced painters are the best exterior painters in the industry, operating in a safe, professional, and courteous manner regardless the job location or size, providing the quality you desire. Of course, the company also completes interior work, where a fine coat of paint can transform any space, be it a conference room or a bedroom. As Jorge says, “we treat every project with the same level of detail whether it’s a newly constructed office or a refurbished home.”


Urban Renovators: Finished Basements +

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Based in burgeoning Northeast Denver, Urban Renovators is a family owned and operated business serving Stapleton, Lowry, and communities throughout the Denver Metropolitan Region, from Boulder to Highlands Ranch and beyond. With scores of projects completed every quarter, Urban Renovators is one of the city’s most prolific builders, making it uniquely qualified to design and build the basement of your dreams, be it new construction or the remodel of existing rooms. Since its founding in 2013, Urban Renovators has grown quickly to become Denver’s premier finished basement company, offering exceptional quality thanks to the extensive experience of its seasoned tradespeople. Prior to founding the company, owner Ricardo Cordova forged lasting relationships with the workers he employees today, keeping them busy through the lean years of the great recession with small but impactful projects. As a result, Ricardo now has the human capital required to complete small to midsize projects on time and on budget. Based on my firsthand experience with Ricardo, who recently finished my basement, I am happy to say that strong working relationships translate into quality products, and Ricardo fosters open, honest communication. If you’re seeking to transform your unfinished or partially renovated living space into the home of your dreams, Urban Renovator’s experienced, friendly staff is prepared to actualize your vision.

Building a Website: Choosing a Platform

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When building a new website, there are a variety of platforms from which to choose, and if you watch television chances are you’ve seen commercials touting the ease of designing your own site. In recent years, a variety of companies have made tremendous strides, including WordPress, Wix, Shopify, and my personal favorite, Squarespace. While each platform has its benefits, every offering has its detractors as well, so deciding which one to use depends largely on the project. For instance, WordPress affords designers great freedom of expression, but requires technical maintenance, e.g., updating plug-ins, add-ons that when left unchecked stop working. Wix has great storage capacity, and offers phone support, but is more rigid in its design, limiting what a designer is capable of achieving in other platforms. Shopify syncs with numerous payments systems, but is far less versatile than Wix, and requires plugins from third-party vendors. Squarespace, by comparison, is quite robust, allowing designers to create visually striking layouts without the use of plugins. There is no phone support, but written conversations may be recorded via transcripts. In addition, updates are automatic, and a variety of features are available for a reasonable price, including emails complete with analytics.  To learn more, please contact Holt Design LLC at info@holtdesignllc.com or call (303) 218-3382.

Big Tony's West Philly Cheesesteaks

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Creating a new website for Anthony “Big Tony” Blaylock was a great experience. With a passion for food and people, Tony is as friendly as they come, and the four restaurants he owns and operates in Texas are reflective of his generous spirit. Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Tony long dreamt of owning his own Philly Cheesesteak restaurant, and several years ago that vision became a reality. As Tony describes it, the bread is essential to a great cheesesteak sandwich and he uses only the best, Amoroso’s bread, which is flown in from Philly, where “the water makes the difference.” Often praised as the best Philly cheesesteak in Texas, Big Tony’s is known for tremendous variety, making any cheesesteak you can think of for a truly special dining experience. Yet, Big Tony’s restaurants offer far more than cheesesteaks, to be sure they also feature hamburgers, fried fish, and an assortment of gourmet sodas from Hanks, desserts from Tasty Kates, in-house Italian Ice, Utzs Potato Chips, and many other specialty items. The restaurants also offer a kids menu, where fresh food is cooked to order, ensuring a great meal every time. Open six days a week, Monday – Saturday, 11:00am - 9:00pm, Big Tony’s is only closed on Sunday.

Ascent Health Center: East-West Medicine

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Denver based Ascent Health Center is the owned and operated by Dr. Julie Marchiol, a board-certified Chiropractor with experience numerous modalities. With a heart for healing and for guiding people to live a fuller, healthier, richer life, Ascent Health is reflective of her life purpose. After a trip to the Chiropractor at sixteen, Dr. Julie became fascinated with the body’s ability to heal itself once guided in the right direction and stabilized. Today, she applies her training in Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Nutritional Counseling and NET (Neuro Emotional Technique) to offer patients the most complete care possible. As Dr. Julie describes it, “Providing each of these disciplines has enabled me to better recognize disease and develop protocols for health and healing.” As described on the forthcoming Holt Design LLC website, which will replace the existing site in early 2019, “The Ascent Health team is passionate, kind, and motivated, and works together in an effort to help everyone achieve their optimal health. Each specialist has something different to offer, which allows us to reach more people, helping the community thrive. Our Mission is to provide a comprehensive environment for health and healing, to enable the achievement of optimal life performance, and to assist in developing the highest quality of life.”

Wily Cycles: Factory Direct Titanium Bikes

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Wily Cycles is the fourth website Holt Design LLC has built for Janus Cycle Group, a Boulder, Colorado based bicycle consortium comprised of Merlin, Dean, Wily, Rossin, and other top-flight names yet to be announced. As Janus grows, so do the offerings of its iconic brands, which feature innovative technology throughout their respective lineups. Where Merlin and Dean provide numerous custom options for cycling’s most discerning customers, avid riders who spend handsomely on small details, Wily is a bargain for customers desiring the strength, durability, and comfort of titanium without the premium price often associated with the aerospace grade material. Just as the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg shared the same frame and were assembled in the same factory, so do Merlin and Wily have much in common down to their geometry. The key differences between the two titanium brands lies less in their layout and weight and more in their respective finishes and options for customization. Of course, luxury cars and fine bicycles are also appreciated for their pedigree. Whereas Merlin and Dean are revered as some of the best titanium bikes money can buy for their exquisite detail and myriad design choices, Wily is respected for its cost-effective approach, savings that are largely achieved through factory direct stock frame sizing. Learn more at wilycycles.com.

C60 Energy: Powerful Antioxidants

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C60 Energy is the fourth site Holt Design LLC has built for Boulder, Colorado based Exercise Physiologist and Energy Medicine Practitioner, Glenn Streeter. Beginning with Vital Life Services, a holistic healing company offering a variety of energetic technologies, Holt Design helped to expand Glenn’s digital reach with Energy MedFit, a company whose online platform includes a variety of telemedicine and biohacking options. Based on the success of these two sites, Glenn commissioned a third site, CannaCarbon, which specializes in cannabidoil (CBD) products. Providing the naturopathic benefits of hemp with no psychotropic affects, Cannacarbon’s unique formula blends CBD with the Carbon 60 molecule, providing relief to both humans and animals, including cats, dogs, and horses. As CannaCarbon took flight, Glenn furthered his business success with C60 Energy, a powerful technology with 170 times the antioxidant capabilities of Vitamin C, which itself holds tremendous health and wellness benefits. As Vital Life Services and Energy MedFit became increasingly similar, Glenn opted to merge the two and now has three prosperous sites, Energy MedFit (energymedfit.com), CannaCarbon (cannacarbon.com), and C60 Energy (c60energy.com).

Aesthetics by Design: Denver MediSpa

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I was introduced to Aesthetics by Design (ABD) by my friend, Sarah Rutherford, who works as a Paramedical Aesthetician for the Denver based medical spa, and was duly impressed with the company’s Founder and Medical Director, Mario Imola, who proved well-versed in search engine optimization (SEO) best practices. Sitting down with Mario, Sarah, and ABD office manager, Jennifer Flores, the old adage, “how you do something is how you do everything,” proved true for the team took the discussion of building a new site seriously, offering high-level insight into what they were seeking in both look and feel. While Mario’s primary concern was preserving the SEO built into his previous site, Sarah and Jennifer sought a clean, elegant design in a platform that is easy to maintain and pleasing to the eye. Sharing the functionality of Squarespace, a drop-and-drag template-based website design tool, we agreed to proceed, and the rest is history. In under two weeks, the project was complete, and the ABD team is now fielding numerous calls from new clients. As part of ABD’s yearly maintenance plan, I continue to make small changes to the site, working closing with Jennifer, who is quickly learning the skills required to update the platform, from blogs to events. Indeed, the ease of using Squarespace is one of the reasons I am happy to recommend Squarespace to my small business and individual clients.

Eldorado Springs Art Center: A Local Gem

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After completing a website for Sculpture Giuseppe Palumbo, owner of Gallery Giuseppe, I began work on a sister site for the Eldorado Springs Art Center (ESAC), an artist collective founded, curated, and directed by Giuseppe. Established in 2000, ESAC rests on the foundation of a dilapidated Volvo repair shop, which recently renovated, is now a sculpture studio, art gallery, and public meeting space. Nestled in the woods of Eldorado Springs, a small, tight-knit community located a few miles south of Boulder, Colorado, ESAC is home to several artist studios, a public sculpture garden, a fine art gallery, Airbnb lodging, and a community meeting  space. As Giuseppe describes it, ESAC is based on the idea that “art is an essential component of a healthy society.” The collective “supports the arts, and those that create art, building community with purposeful action for current events and sustainable practices, understanding that true wealth is what we do and share, not what we have.” To this end, ESAC, a local gem, works with artists from multiple disciplines, including sculptors, painters, poets, writers, glass, jewelry, musicians, fashion design, graphic artists and creative nonprofits. In addition, the facility can be rented for private event functions and retreats.

Gallery Giuseppe: A Unique Opportunity

Through my work with the Colorado Cancer Foundation (CCF), a Colorado based 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit devoted to curing cancer in all its forms, I met Giuseppe Palumbo, a renaissance man who expanded a career in architecture and building to include inventing and sculpting, crafting one of a kind furniture pieces and anthropomorphic works of art, from flying pigs to dancing sheep. A philanthropist, Giuseppe opened his Eldorado Springs Canyon studio, the Eldorado Springs Art Center, to the CCF Board of Directors for a party following its annual fun run, the Eldorado Springs Run for the Cure, which takes place on Friday, August 03 at 6:30PM beside the entrance to Eldorado Canyon State Park. Having spent several years in construction, and studied Art History, Painting, Drawing, and Graphic Design in college, it was a unique opportunity, and a distinct pleasure, to work with someone with whom I had so much in common. In fact, Giuseppe’s second and primary studio, located in Berkeley, CA, is not far from my home town of Palo Alto, CA, providing a chance to share stories and fond memories of the San Francisco Bay Area. Building Giuseppe’s site, Gallery Giuseppe, was rewarding, for it represented a stylistic break from projects I’ve done before. It was also fun to learn more about his works, and then to come face to face with many of them at the Eldorado Springs Art Center after viewing them, repeatedly, online; it was like a dream come to life.

Driving & Thriving: Life Well Lived

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I met Keith Hobgood ten years ago in 2008 while working at a Boulder-based Deneuve Construction, a reputable design-build company affectionately named after the French Actress, Catherine Deneuve. A Project Manager with a yen for teaching, Keith was quick to share his knowledge with carpenters, such as me, and I was eager to learn. Shortly after meeting Keith, I was introduced to his wife, Chantelle, who accompanied him to the firm's annual Christmas dinner. Flash forward a decade, and I reconnected with Keith and Chantelle near my home in Denver. Having recently retired from the "nine to five grind," they had taken to living on the open road in a large gold recreational vehicle (RV) they call "The Golden Snail." Though many years had passed, Keith and Chantelle were as warm as ever, and over the course of a long lunch at Stapleon’s Stanley Marketplace the time between us quickly disappeared until all that was left were feelings of commonality and a mutual interest in business. To maintain their traveling lifestyle, which takes them back and forth across the country, Keith and Chantelle share Essential Oils, a natural cure for many ailments, and needed a website. After a few conversations it was clear, that helping others, not sales, was their first priority, and a lifestyle site, Driving & Thriving, was born. 

A Survival Story: A Study In Courage

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I met best-selling Biology textbook Author, Linda Lundgren, through a mutual friend, and developed her website, A Survival Story, over the course of several months as she traveled the East Coast with her husband and high school sweetheart, Rich. Linda's story is as inspiring as it is moving, for she overcame tremendous pain at the hands of her physically abusive father to rise up the ranks of the publishing world, realizing her dream of becoming a successful author in spite of remarkable odds. Not only did Linda make it out of her father's house to marry a kind and loving man, but she preserved academically as well, garnering a postgraduate degree at a time when women were effectively banned from received PhDs. To read Linda's stories is to look into a world few wish to see, but in doing so you find the makings of a remarkable person, a woman who found beauty in the natural world, and channeled her passion towards helping others into a successful career. Now, decades after her youthful struggles, Linda is able to reflect on a life well lived. In her blog posts you can learn of her travels, her children, and her beloved grandchildren, all of whom are doing equally remarkable things with their lives. So, for anyone who has ever struggled A Survival Story is for you.  

Janus Cycle Group: Bridging the Gap

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After completing websites for Merlin Bikes and Dean Bikes, I had the pleasure of building a site for Janus Cycle Group, the parent company that holds the two brands, and several others yet to be announced. Family owned and operated, Janus is not a corporate holding company, but a family business through and through, with one of the members welding the majority of the titanium bikes it sells. The name is particularly fitting for a growing company, for in ancient Rome Janus was the God of transitions and new beginnings, symbolized by arched doorways and a double-headed figure: one looking to the future, and one looking to the past. So, it is fitting that Janus Cycle Group represents a collection of premium cycling brands spanning multiple generations. Home to a growing list of names, including the famed Italian bicycle company, Rossin, Janus offers sport enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the best of contemporary and classic cycling with frames made of titanium, carbon, and steel, bridging the gap between old and new. As a cycling aficionado it is a pleasure to work on such sites, for it is a walk, or should I say a ride, down memory lane. Indeed, one of my first jobs thirty years ago, was in a bike shop that carried Rossin. To this day, I fondly recall admiring the paint, the tubes, and the elegant lugs that held them together.

Merlin Metal Works: An Industry Icon

An avid cyclist for over 30 years, I remember Merlin Metal Works (Merlin) as the standard by which all bikes were judged in the late '80s and early '90s. Up until that point, the best bicycles were produced by hand, steel frames fitted together with steel lugs or fillet brazed by master welders, such as Tom Ritchey. Yes, Look had created a carbon frame, but at that point nothing held a candle to titanium (Ti), which was light, stiff, and forgiving, melding the best qualities a rider could hope for into a material that was remarkably strong and impervious to rust. Simply put, Ti was a game changer, and Merlin was the first to bring it into mass production. Designed by master revered frame builder, Tom Kellogg, and welded by a select few, Merlin was synonymous with quality, and quickly became an industry icon. When the opportunity arose to build a website for the beloved bike company, I considered it an honor and a privilege, so much in fact that I decided to purchase a piece of history and am now the proud owner of a new Merlin gravel bike. With immaculate welds, and gently swaying tubes, it is truly something to behold, like the bird of prey for which it is aptly named. To learn more about Merlin, please visit Merlin Bikes

Dean Bikes: Custom Titanium Bikes

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With a passion for cycling, it was a pleasure to design and build a new website for Boulder Colorado's Dean Bikes. One of the world's foremost custom titanium bicycle builders, Dean offers a selection of handmade bikes for multiple disciplines, including Mountain, Gravel, Travel, and Road. In the words of Dean Co-Founder, John Siegrist, “Dean Bikes began in 1989 when two bicycle racers set out to produce the most technically advanced bikes in the world. With this goal in mind, each and every frame is hand built using only the finest materials. With our cold-worked stress-relieved 3/2.5 aerospace Titanium you can rest assured each and every Dean frame is built to perfection. Continuing with its high standards in quality, innovation, and technical performance, Dean continues to expanded its product line with custom frame options, diverse color choices, and unique build kits.” If you're considering a handmade, custom fitted titanium bicycle Dean Bike's encourages you to visit its Boulder, CO showroom and adjoining workshop. Take a tour of their facilities, and you'll see firsthand the depth of quality and commitment to detail they put into every bicycle, from standardized frame offerings to one of a kind custom-fitted models. To learn more, please visit Dean Bikes