What to Look for in a Denver Gym

With the end of summer here, it’s not difficult to have that ho-hum feeling.  Whether you’re feeling a bit sluggish or just need a bit of motivation, there’s no better way to end the blues than a good workout at the gym.  For those that have yet to join one of Denver’s outstanding gyms, we have a bit of advice in how to select the best gym for your needs.  Following is a list of the most important things when joining a Denver gym.

  1. Location and convenience.  When you shop for a gym to join, you definitely want to choose one that is convenient.  If you choose one across town, then you’ll likely have less motivation getting in the car and traveling to the gym, especially after a long tiring day.  You’ll also want a gym that is open during the hours that you will be using it. Consider when you’re likely to work out, and make certain it is accommodating to your hours.
  2. Membership and budget.  Each gym is different and you’ll want to go with a gym that offers the equipment and classes that you’d like to use and engage in, as well as one that is affordable to your budget.  Check out its policy which includes its cancellation policy to ensure that you won’t be stuck with a monthly payment for years to come if you decide to quit.
  3. Before you join, get to know the staff.  The staff should be friendly, personal trainers should be available, and there should be plenty of fitness staff ready and willing to assist you with questions regarding the facility and equipment usage. Ask about the staff’s experience and training, and make sure that they are knowledgeable and qualified.

Denver has many outstanding gyms which include:

  • Cherry Creek Athletic Club
  • Bally Total Fitness
  • Pura Vida Fitness and Spa
  • 24 Hour Fitness
  • Healthy Woman Fitness
  • Kinetic Fitness Studio
  • Pilates of Cherry Creek
  • Formula Fitness Training Studios

Get Ready for the Global Event, Fashion’s Night Out, Coming to Cherry Creek North!

Thursday, September 6, 2012 is the date for the global event, Fashion’s Night Out at Cherry Creek North!  This is a first for the prestigious neighborhood of Cherry Creek North and one that has the community quite excited.  The event features an evening of fashion including a magnificent fashion show at Fillmore Plaza and fun events hosted within the stores and boutiques.  Gather your friends and join the celebration in an evening of fashion fun featuring highlights which include fall and winter fashions from many Cherry Creek North boutiques.

The evening will start at 6 pm on the 303 Magazine Red Carpet at Fillmore Plaza.    All guests can step onto the red carpet and have their photograph taken, then grab the Fashion’s Night Out in-store event map, and the head to your favorite Cherry Creek North Stores for magnificent in-store pampering, events, giveaways and more!

Nearly 40 Cherry Creek North stores will participate in the in-store events which will include entertainment, mini fashion shows, giveaways, make-overs, and more.  The in-store events will last from 6 pm to 8 pm

At 8 pm to 10 pm the Fillmore Plaza will host a fashion show.  General admission is free, and VIP tickets are priced at $60 to $160 and include access to the VIP party at 7:30 pm and reserved runway seat, complimentary parking, and more.  The fashion show is hosted by KOSI 101.1 Denise Plante.  This is bound to be an exciting event with many participating Cherry Creek boutiques featuring many top designers.

The Inn at Cherry Creek

We all need a getaway from time to time and whether traveling from out of state, or right here in our prestigious Cherry Creek neighborhood, The Inn at Cherry Creek is the perfect getaway, and right now, they are having a 10% off spring fever sale!  The perfect time to take advantage of a room for two with no children!

The Inn at Cherry Creek has the perfect package for everyone- a couple’s retreat, girl’s night out, cherry creek theatre package, pampered pet package, Nordstrom’s VIP shopping package, romance package and bed and breakfast, and all have the most wonderful amenities you could imagine!

Couple’s Retreat is one of their most popular packages and includes everything a couple needs for a the perfect retreat- accommodations for two, an invite to the Weber Restaurant for appetizers and wine,  and breakfast for two delivered to the room or served in the Weber, and shopping passports which offer shopping discounts to Cherry Creek stores and restaurants.

Girl’s Night Out is another popular package which makes for the ideal adventure for the girls.  The package is for women only and includes accommodations for four, a $50 Weber credit, and 4 massages.

The Romance Package includes overnight accommodations for two and a bottle of chilled champagne upon arrival.  Couples are also pampered with dessert for two and breakfast for two as well as complimentary in room Starbucks coffee, the use of terrycloth robes, the daily newspaper and late checkout.

The Bed and Breakfast Package includes room accommodations for two , in room Starbucks coffee, Free HBO / cable TV, breakfast for two  served in the Weber Restaurant, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby.

The Pampered Pet Package is ideal for those that have a special family member to bring along.  This package includes overnight accommodations for two, breakfast for two, Three Dog Bakery dog treat, Voss water, ceramic dog dishes, a doggie bed for the pet, in room coffee from Starbucks, use of terrycloth bathrobes and complimentary newspaper in the lobby.

Cherry Creek Theatre Package is an evening of food, wine, theater and slumber and includes one night luxury accommodations, ticket to the theatre, prefixed dinner with entrée, soup and salad, glass of house wine and dessert, and a complimentary breakfast.

Nordstrom’s VIP Shopping Package includes one night luxury accommodations, your own personal Nordstrom shopper and a gift certificate to the store for $100, complimentary breakfast and complimentary glass of wine and appetizer.

Cherry Creek’s Choppers Named as One of Denver’s Best Places to Watch Football

With football season in full swing, many Denver residents are looking for the perfect bar to take in the game. According to the Huffington Post, there are several are bars that will fit the bill. One of these just happens to be Cherry Creek’s very own Choppers, which features hundreds of local microbrews as well as draft and shot specials on game days..

Named after former Denver Nuggets trainer Robert “Chopper” Traviglini, Choppers captures the big heart and style of its namesake. Featuring plenty of space accompanied by more than 50 high-def televisions, the bar offers plenty of opportunities to take in the game in style. In fact, 15 of the televisions are 73 inch Big Screens, while the remaining 35 are 52 inch Sony and Mitsubishi televisions. Televisions are even placed in the rest rooms and on the patios, so there is never an excuse for missing an amazing play. The bar also subscribes to all of the top sports packages and has multiple satellites and receivers, prompting the bar to brag that “if it’s televised, we’ll show it.” Yet, despite all of the televisions and the large layout of the bar, Choppers manages to maintain a neighborhood feel.

While Choppers offers one of the best selections of Colorado beers in the state, the bar is also highly renowned for its food. All of the food at Choppers is made fresh, including homemade potato chips and fresh cut fries. The restaurant is also popular among locals for its Mile High Nachos, Homemade Pizzas, Spicy Buffalo Wings and Burgers. It is because of the perfect combination of sports atmosphere, drinks and food that Choppers has been recognized as “Best Sports Bar” and “Best Patio” by The Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post, Westword, Citysearch.com, Insite Magazine and 5280 Magazine.

Other Denver bars featured by the Huffington Post include:

• Sports Column – located at 1930 Blake Street. Phone #: 303-296-1930
• Whiskey Bar – located at 2203 Larimer Street. Phone #: 303-297-0303
• City Pub – located at 3575 South Yosemite. Phone #: 303-694-0454
• Jackson’s – located at 1520 20th Street. Phone #: 303-298-7625
• Blake Street Tavern – located at 2301 Blake Street. Phone #: 303-675-0505

Even when there isn’t a game to watch, Choppers offers plenty of activities and specials. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm, while Tuesdays bring Karaoke. “Live Trivia” is featured on Thursdays and Fridays and special promotions are announced each week. Those who sign up for the VIP Club also receive additional promotions and special offers as well as alerts regarding special events.

Choppers can be found at 80 S. Madison Street and can be reached at 303-399-4448.

Right Start to Open New Baby Gear Store in Cherry Creek North

Expectant parents and parents of young children will be excited to learn that Right Start, a premier baby gear retailer, has announced plans to open a new store in the Cherry Creek North community. Even better for busy parents on a tight schedule, the new store features a free parking lot for its customers.

“We are very excited to open a store in the same city as our corporate headquarters, and to be a bigger part of the local community. By providing expert product knowledge, our customers know we are a reliable option. Our goal is to build a family with the community and become a source of information for new moms. We’ll also have some great giveaways to celebrate our grand opening,” said Michael Wagner, who is the CEO of the company, in a recent press release.

The Right Start chain, which was purchased by Liberty Media Corporation two years ago and will be located at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Milwaukee Street, offers everything a parent needs to take care of a baby. Items to be offered in the store include strollers, car seats, high chairs, nursery and kids furniture, feeding essentials, health and safety items, breastfeeding products, clothing and accessories, bath and potty necessities, toys, books, and gift and party supplies.

While the new store will be the tenth within the chain to be opened, it is the first to be opened since Liberty Media Corporation purchased the chain. Nonetheless, it will still offer the same products and services that have come to be associated with the chain. In addition to the assorted selection of products available at the store, it also offers regular events and classes that focus on the needs of families. Typical topics include registry tutorials, baby basics, book readings, safety seminars and pregnancy fitness tips. Special opportunities with vendors are also made available to customers on a regular basis.

Denver Is 5th Most City Friendly For Young Entrepreneurs … Kinda

The good news?   Denver ranked 5th in the most friendly cities for young entrepreneurs in the United States. The bad news? A need to reveal that this wasn’t the most “systematic” of studies. One may call the metrics used a little “casual”. The group conducting the poll, Under30CEO, which is an online resource for young entrepreneurs, failed to provide a lot of information about its polling parameters.

Why Denver ranked #5 – Must Be The Starbucks

Among the items that the voters were asked to consider were climate, the social scene, schools, local events and “other resources”. By “other resources” I assume they mean Starbucks? I know for fact that there are more than a couple in the Cherry Creek Mall 🙂

Denver & The Rest of The Top 10

1. New York
2. San Francisco
3. Austin
4. Boston
5. Denver
6. Chicago
7. San Diego
8. Portland, Ore
9. Washington DC
10. Seattle

Historic Downtown Denver Clocktower All kidding aside, in my opinion this list seems strangely “accurate” from an anecdotal and “experimental” lens.

Example from the experimental angle: “Connectivity” is one of the foundations of any new enterprise across almost any industry – more so every day in our “web 5.0” culture.  Denver’s consistent annual accolades as one of the “wifi Cities USA” (#7 in 2010; #8 in 2009 per Forbes) is just one way to justify Denver’s ability to more than kindly accommodate the young entrepreneur.  Maybe there was something to the Starbucks!

I’d argue that the addition of a commonly used “cost of living” metric would’ve placed Denver right behind Austin.

Why Denver’s Rank May Be Conventionally “So Wrong”, But Feel & BE So Right

The fun with these lists is they’re inherently flawed.  Some do better than others, but you can always pick them apart…and in many cases, you should. Even the most highly respected indices — S&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices for example –need to be challenged. As an active writer (I use that term loosely!) and Realtor in DC, I’ve had many opportunities to challenge “prestige housing indices” — as they forget that real estate is most responsibly studied on hyper local levels…but that’s another post!

Sometimes it’s refreshing to take a look at “flawed” city reports because they often show that the high priced “wonks” in the large research firms are crunching big numbers to make news when all they have to do is ask a few people on the street. In this case, there’s a beauty in a more than imperfect simplicity because, in my opinion, it reflected the reality — metrics, or not :-). In this sense, I’d say the young lads over at Under30CEO did okay.

So cheers to you, Denver!

Thoughts?

Licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C., Kevin Koitz from The Koitz Group @ Coldwell Previews International specializes in Washington DC Luxury real estate and surrounding fine DC Metro suburbs. Visit his ever evolving Greater Bethesda & DC Luxury real estate web guide if you’re looking to explore more of  the close-in DC Metro area…or just want to say hey!

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Cherry Creek Officials Moving Forward with new Area Plan

While some are excited about working on a new Cherry Creek Area Plan in order to determine new guidelines for making changes in the future, others are asking why a new plan is being developed when the previous plan still hasn’t been set completely into action.

“We’re grateful that an area plan was done in 2000, but the criticism is that all of this great vision is done, but it’s sitting in the plan,” said Barbara Metzger, who is a resident of Cherry Creek East. “We want to make sure that the conversations are implemented.”

According to Metzger and other residents of Cherry Creek, all of whom gathered at the first Cherry Creek Area Plan’s public workshop that took place earlier this month, the same concerns being discussed today are the same ones residents had 10 years ago when the previous plan was developed. For example, the residents would like to see more defined gateways welcoming visitors to the city, improved connectivity for pedestrians, bikers and motorists and an increase in the amount of pedestrian lighting.

“We’re Cherry Creek, and we can’t get to the creek,” said Metzger as she discusses the need for improvements to be made on the Cherry Creek bike path, which currently requires going through the South Madison Street and East Alameda Avenue intersection.

Despite these concerns, Community Planning and Development Department officials maintained that it is time for a new plan, as numerous redevelopment projects have occurred since the previous plan was developed. Furthermore, more major projects are expected in the near future. According to Chris Gleissner, who is the co-project manager for the Cherry Creek Area Plan, the previous plan has served its purpose well and will continue to do so. For example, thanks to the previous plan, developers had guidelines in place for development along East First Avenue as well as the redevelopment in Cherry Creek North and Cherry Creek East. On the other hand, the previous plan only makes recommendations for land use, development and mobility, but it falls short of actually making any changes.

Despite the protests, officials are moving forward with a draft plan, which is slated to be complete in February. Adoption of the new plan is expected to take place in the spring, though more public workshops will be hosted before the draft and adoption of the new plan is completed.

Real Estate 101: Timing the Market

Whether purchasing real estate for investment purposes or for personal use, it is a good idea to keep a close eye on the real estate market. After all, by accurately reading the ebbs and the flows of the market, you can potentially save thousands of dollars on your purchase. Of course, the trick to making this happen involves knowing how to time the market in order to purchase the property at the best price possible while still getting the property of your dreams.

What Does Timing the Market Mean?

Put simply, timing the market involves choosing the best time to make a real estate purchase in order to save the most money. When in a recession, such as the one the United States is currently climbing its way out from, purchasing property right away will prevent you from saving as much as you possibly can. If you wait too long, on the other hand, real estate prices will start going up and you will have missed out on the opportunity to the largest amount possible. Therefore, timing the market involves watching market trends in order to purchase the property as close to the bottom price as possible.

Following the U Curve

In order to better understand the concept of timing the market, it can be helpful to think of the market and its recovery as the letter “U.” The top left side of the U would represent when the economy is in full-swing, which is when real estate prices are at their highest. As the effects of the recession start to hit the real estate market, prices start to slide down the left arm of the market. Ideally, you will want to make your real estate purchase once the prices hit the bottom of the U. Of course, it isn’t possible to perfectly time the market at its lowest point. Rather, your goal should simply be to make your purchase as close to this bottom point as possible.

The bottom line is simple – if you missed making your purchase while the market was experiencing downward momentum, it’s not too late to purchase real estate at significantly reduced prices. Most markets throughout the country have already bottomed out and are starting to climb back up the right side of the U. Combine the low prices with government tax breaks, and there truly has never been a better time to make a property purchase.

About the Author:
Eric Bramlett is the co-owner & broker of One Source Realty in Austin, TX. Eric specializes in Lake Travis real estate, Austin condos, and Steiner Ranch real estate.

Eight Is The Magic Number For Job Seekers in Denver and Colorado

As reported today in the DenverBusinessJournal.com, Juju’s “Job Search Difficulty Index” identifies Denver as the U.S. best city and Colorado as the eighth best state for job seekers. Juju.com, a job search engine, said Denver has 3.81 unemployed workers and Colorado 4.99 per advertised job. The Index is based on the ratio of unemployed workers in a given market to advertised online job openings.

Washington, D.C., is rated as America’s best city and Detroit rates last amongst city index.  The District of Columbia rates as best state and Michigan is worst in the state index.

The “Job Search Difficulty Index” draws data from employer and recruiter websites, job boards and other online services.

Cherry Creek North Mall Approves Multi-Million Dollar Facelift

The Cherry Creek North shopping district will soon undergo a multi-million dollar facelift – its first major renovation in 20 years. The upscale 16-block shopping area is home to more than 300 galleries, boutiques, restaurants and spas.
Voters in the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District approved the $18.5 million capital improvement project to put the area in prime position as the economy starts to rebound, reports Joseph Kirchmer for YourHub.com. The renovation will also make Cherry Creek North more competitive with other outdoor shopping districts in the metro Denver.

Among the improvements, the district will repave aging sidewalks, fix up intersections, plant hundreds of new trees, replace existing light poles and add more public art. The renovation will enhance the shopping experience of walking along the streets from store to store.
The 14-month project is expected to begin in the fall, but it may be postponed to early next year to ensure construction is carefully managed and to minimize disruption to businesses. The district hopes to model the project after a similar renovation effort under way in the ski resort town of Vail.