Mountain Sun Pub celebrates 23 years of a “Funky Good Time!”

Each spring The Mountain Sun Pub hosts an event of epic proportions. This past Saturday was fantastic as the historic Boulder Theater welcomed the 23rd year of this “Funky Good Time”. The evening’s entertainment opened to a packed house featuring an entertaining and energized set from Euforquestra and closed in a raucous frenzy following two sets from “The Pearl Street All-Stars”.

This year’s “All-Stars” were just that and included George Porter Jr., Kyle Hollingsworth, Jennifer Hartswick, Eddie Roberts, Isaac Teel & Jans Ingber. The music was unbelievable from start to finish making this 2016 version one to remember.

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Time to party! Ratio Beerworks turns 1.

A lot can happen in a year. A milestone in the timeline of new business, the one-year-mark is reason to celebrate. Ratio Beerworks, located in Denver’s RHINO District, embraced this milestone with vigor and created an amazing Anniversary Weekend. Perhaps aided by an opening date that falls on Valentine’s Day, it was evident that there is much love for one of the hottest new breweries, not only in Denver but the entire U.S as well.

The weekend featured a packed schedule of entertainment, local food trucks and of course finely crafted and tasty beer. Limited releases of new brews brought happy crowds throughout the sun-drenched weekend. The events wound up Sunday with a special “Hangover Firkin” and Valentine’s Day brunch.

Pushing the hype was recent national recognition for this yearling brewery. Already a favorite of local craft-beer enthusiasts, Ratio Beerworks was named as one of the nations top 33 new breweries by the Beer Advocate, as well as one of the best new breweries in America by Thrillist. An honor for sure and as Brewmaster Jason says,” The beer is the core….”

Congratulations on the first year and here’s to many more to come.

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Vintage Woods, Inc. makes big moves in Gypsum, Colorado.

Vintage Woods, Inc.of Gypsum, Colorado has a new home with fantastic new capabilities. The new location features more square footage, a state-of-the-art shop, and beautiful showroom. Clients will now have the opportunity to see, feel and experience what Vintage Woods has to offer.

As an industry leader in fabrication and finish of fine-home wood products, Vintage Woods has now brought all of the stages of production in-house. Most exciting is the addition of a new molder. This molder provides the opportunity for custom milling and profiles on-site, ensuring quality control throughout the manufacturing process. The additional yard space provides for stocked inventory of both raw materials and finished product. Finally, the larger shop has made it possible to handle bigger pieces including a recent project that included 12″x24″ beams that were 60′ long!

To top all of this off is a finely appointed showroom, featuring many different options in siding, beam-work and now also engineered wood flooring. Colors, textures, species all are on display to truly get a feel for the look of the product. Home-owners, their architects and builders will instantly see the benefits of all of these fantastic new upgrades.

To learn more about Vintage Woods, Inc., their capabilities, offerings or to schedule an appointment visit the website: 

or call: 970-524-4041

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Ruby Jane Boutique comes to Denver’s Highlands Square

The long wait is finally over! Ruby Jane Boutique has come down from the mountains to set roots in Denver’s Highlands Square. Located at 32nd & Lowell Ave., Ruby Jane, Denver is the newest addition to the Valley Girl Boutique Family of 5 highly successful shops in Breckenridge, Avon and Edwards, Colorado. For years, clients shopping these unique mountain boutiques have urged for a Front Range location and now those wishes have been granted.

The rapid and dramatic transformation of this beautiful new space was nothing short of miraculous. Square Root, Inc., a local construction company which works magic in both commercial and residential projects, was able to guide the way through permitting, demo, build-out and inspections to a grand opening in just 5 weeks! Opening the weekend after Thanksgiving, Ruby Jane has experienced the warmest of welcomes from loads of happy and satisfied new clients.

The buzz is contagious, come visit Ruby Jane and see what the hype is all about. Featuring fun affordable fashion, home decor and unique gifts, Ruby Jane is a super compliment to the likes of The Perfect Petal, Vert Beauty, Novo Coffee and Prost, making Highlands Square the place to shop, not only in northwest Denver but the Front Range. New inventory arrives frequently so shop often!.

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Operation Altitude hosts an amazing evening at The Infinite Monkey Theorem.

Operation Altitude is known for pushing the envelope, bringing together the best-of-the-best, creating the most memorable of events for their select clientele. A recent evening at The Infinite Monkey Theorem, Denver’s own “urban winery”, was no different. A private affair at an intimate locale, beautiful decor, delectable cuisine and a private lesson in what it takes to create unbelievable wines, made for one spectacular experience.

With the place to themselves, guests were treated to all the The Infinite Monkey Theorem had to offer. Cocktails were served in the thoughtfully appointed winery tap-room, highlighted by beautiful fall-themed centerpieces and decor from Plum Sage Flowers. An introduction from wine-maker and founder, Ben Parsons, related the rigors and successes this unique winery has experienced. Guests then were escorted to the winery where they could try their hand at creating their own blends.

The highlight of this amazing evening, however, had to be the fabulous wine-paired culinary adventure, created by the chefs of Red Maple Catering. Chef Jason and his professional and creative team kept the appreciate diners happy and anticipation was intense to see what magic each course would offer. It was a a memorable and intimate evening filled with new knowledge, experiences and fine food and drink.

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GenFit is a playground for all ages.

There are many ways to experience some serious family fun in Denver. Now, thanks to the creative minds, and bodies, of the crew at GenFit, parents have the opportunity to make getting fit a family affair. On a recent Saturday Instructors Wood and Breigh led a rowdy group of parents and their eager offspring in a fitness class that made training a lot less like work and a lot more like a rip-roaring good time.

Following a serious warm-up, the task of the day was a circus-like circuit routine. Featuring pull-ups, agilities, karate kicks, rope climbing and, of course, the giant-tire -roll, each muscle group was both addressed and attacked. The hour long class was like a fitness factory and participants moved from station to station like cogs in a well oiled, giggling machine. The culmination of the exhausting morning was a thorough stretch followed by lots of high-fives.

The GenFit Kids Workout was a huge success with both young and old begging for more!
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Vintage Woods Beetle Kill shines in the Boulder foothills.

A picturesque neighborhood in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado has a new and stunning addition. This beautiful custom home features custom finished Beetle Kill siding created in Gypsum, Colorado by Vintage Woods. Complimented by stone and cedar, the beetle kill adds texture and character to an exquisite color palette and thoughtful design.

Vintage Woods creates a versatile and durable products in Beetle Kill, Cedar, both structural and decorative Douglas Fir and metal. All of the finishes are low VOC and each product is protected on all four sides with a UV protectant. Like all wood, these products will age over time, depending on exposure to the elements and sun. Vintage Woods offers a proprietary re-coat system that can restore the finishes and keep the home looking lovely.

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GenFit & PawsCo workouts have gone to the dogs!

Some days it takes more than just a walk around the block, sniffing everything. Some days it is not enough to chase a ball. Some days you need someone to do more than just take you to the park. Some days you need to get your heart racing, muscles burning and and gasp for air with your best friend!

On a recent evening in Denver’s RINO District, a group of diehard fitness buffs and their four-legged friends joined up with the trainers from GenFit Gym to get their work-out on! Both human and canine participants pushed themselves to their limits to reach their fitness goals. As expected there were sprints, wall-sits, burpees, planks and the occasional nips and barks. In the end there were big smiles and a lot of panting. This workout had it all including an opportunity to meet some adoptable dogs from PawsCo.

A great opportunity to get out and play.

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Sixty Minute Men are going to “rock their socks” right out of Colorado.

Colorado seems to be a hotbed for the eclectic, creative and courageous. The music scene here is no different. With bands all the way back to Glenn Miller; to Big Head Todd & the Monsters, The Samples, Leftover Salmon, The Lumineers, The Fray, Zuba….the list is long. Next up is a five-piece group out of Boulder that is as exciting as they are skilled. Sixty Minute Men are a refreshing, rocking group of musicians that are poised to make the big time.

Recently playing at the annual Vine Street Pub’s Uptown Neighborhood Block Party, The Sixty Minute Men took the enormous crowd by storm and the reception was a collective “Wow!”. These guys bring a fresh and exhilarating sound to the stage that is complimented by an energy that is contagious. The sound they call “Original Soul” is a delicious mix of rock, funk, blues and, of course, soul and challenges each and every listener not to move.

Great things are in store for the Sixty Minute Men. The ingredients are all there for them to be the next big thing to come from the Colorado music scene. Go and check them out, you will not be disappointed!

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Brewer’s Olympics & great music…Vine Street Block Party has it all!

Mid-September is a fantastic time to be in Denver, Colorado. Beautiful days, blue sky and loads of festivals all mark this remarkable change of seasons. One annual event that combines all that is great in Denver is the Uptown Neighborhood Block Party at Vine Street Pub. This Denver location of Boulder’s Mountain Sun empire brings together some of the best craft-beer makers and musicians to create an entire day of mayhem and music that is hard to beat.

The 2015 edition of festivities began with the “Brewer’s Olympics”, a multi-event challenge for teams of two from well-known local breweries. There were, of course, the die-hard regulars, returning champions and eager rookies all prepared to do battle for the coveted bragging rights that go to the victors. Just beneath the thinly veiled guise of silly costumes and sillier behaviors laid an aura of dogged competition that hung in the fresh air like a ominous fog. Each team had a plan. So were successful, some not so much. In the end it was the rookie team from Ratio Beerworks that won gold and bragging rights until the fall of 2016.

Once the street was cleared and congratulations were given, the record-breaking crowd was treated to music so good, it defined awesome. The Sixty Minute Men of Boulder opened and wowed with their unique and funky sounds of “original soul”. Their music was electric and energy amazing. The “Men” were followed by a closing act that rivaled any the Mountain Sun crew has been able to put together. Anchored by The Drunken Hearts, the ensemble welcomed Dave Johnston from Yonder Mountain String Band and Rob Eaton from Dark Star Orchestra. The results were amazing and the streets were shaking.

Once  again, The Neighborhood Block Party was a monumental success and reminds us that things are good in Denver. Sponsors USBank, Westword deserve a big hand for their support, as well as the volunteers and all of the participating breweries that donated their fine craft. All proceeds from the event benefitted New Era Colorado who remind us not only to register to vote but to get out and do it!

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