Peepers Optical Welcomes New Doctor

Peepers Optical has been providing exceptional eyewear and quality eye care since 1989. They’re excited to welcome their newest doctor, Dr. Anthony Bistodeau, O.D.

Peepers Optical, located at 5075 Leetsdale in Denver, is owned by Dr. Raymond McCleery, O.D. and Jeanine McCleery. Dr. Bistodeau joins the team of professional and friendly staff with a strong commitment to providing the highest level of care for your eyes.

Dr. Bistodeau was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Montana in Missoula. He went on to graduate with honors from Pacific University College of Optometry in 2013. During his time in optometry school, Dr. Bistodeau completed several internships, including a refractive surgery center in Denver. He says, “Aside from gaining valuable experience, I fell in love with Colorado and all the area has to offer.”

He spent four years after graduation working in a full-scope primary care practice in Oregon and then jumped at the opportunity to come back to Denver. Dr. Bistodeau says he enjoys many aspects of the profession but notes, “I am extremely passionate about fitting contact lenses as well as diagnosing and managing glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetes.” He’s nationally certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease.

Dr. Bistodeau is an outdoor enthusiast. “I enjoy attending sporting events, running and hiking, as well as experimenting with cooking and traveling.” He adds, “I’m also looking for a recommendation for my next big trip so feel free to offer suggestions.”

Peepers Optical boasts the best collection of designer frames in the Denver area and also has a great selection of sunglasses, sports eyewear, reading glasses and accessories.

Peepers’ owner Jeanine McCleery says she loves to network with other local businesses and individuals, something offered through the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce.

McCleery says the staff at Peepers Optical is excited about a big event coming up in December. It’s the Tom Ford Trunk Show scheduled for Saturday, December 2 and features 30 percent off all frames.

For more information you can visit Peepers Optical at 5075 Leetsdale Drive or visit the website at www.PeepersOptical.net.

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Salvage Restaurant Opens To Rave Reviews

There is an exciting new restaurant at the iconic location of the former Summit Steakhouse in Aurora, now called Salvage Restaurant. The eatery is garnering rave reviews even if the new owners, Stephen and Hopi Mondale, admit the name and the trademark of the raven are controversial.

Stephen and Hopi bought the landmark restaurant The Summit Steakhouse on May 1 of this year. The restaurant was known throughout the metropolitan Denver area but its glory days were in the past. The couple wanted to save the very best of The Summit while modernizing the building and updating the menu. The name “Salvage” seemed to fit what they were trying to accomplish, i.e. taking the very best of an item that had come to the end of its useful life and utilizing those retained portions to create something truly new, beautiful and unique.

The raven image was chosen because it represents to them a protector, a teacher and a sign of great prosperity. Ravens are known to collect treasures for their nests including shiny objects and coins. Salvage has retained the tremendous steak entrees that The Summit was known for, while adjusting the prices. In addition, the Mondales retained The Summit’s famous escargot dish that attracted diners from across the metropolitan area. Lobster tails are still available in plenitude. Another gem that the Mondales have retained is the amazing wait staff from The Summit, many of whom have served guests for up to 37 years, including: Donna Masoni, 37 years; Tracie Johnson, 29 years; and Patty O’Neill, 27 years.

They have added less expensive items from brick chicken, pork chops, vegetarian dishes and even mac and cheese and hamburgers.

“Our new menu is what we like to call premium casual,” said Hopi Mondale, owner of Salvage Restaurant. “We are excited to have rolled out this menu to such rave reviews.”

They have instituted a “happy hour” from 3 p.m. ’til 7 p.m. where all regular drinks, wines and beers are at half price and there is even a half price hors d’oeuvres menu.

On Saturdays and Sundays an extraordinary brunch offering is available which includes bottomless mimosas and nine different types of eggs benedict. A favorite is called “The Welli” which features Beef Wellington and Crab.

The Mondales have invested their entire life savings into the restaurant, upgrading every facet of the building from the bathrooms to the state of the art heating and air-conditioning. There are separate rooms for private events able to seat guests from a couple dozen up to 100. The outdoor patio seats 40 people and with the aid of heating it’s open year-round weather permitting.

There is plenty of parking with 45 off street parking spaces. Salvage is open 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on weekends.

Salvage Restaurant is located at 2700 S. Havana. For more information, call Salvage Restaurant at 303-751-2112 or visit the website www.salvagerestaurant.com.

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Select Global Wines With Caren Goodman — The Wine Woman

Select Global Wines introduces people to boutique wines you can’t get anywhere else. Local Independent Wine Consultant Caren Goodman laughs as she says, “People call me the “wine woman.”

Goodman helps clients hold in home or on site custom wine tastings that feature small, handcrafted wines that change monthly and throughout the year. “It’s taste before you buy,” she explains.

Select Global Wines can also help you design beautiful custom labels for yourself or for gifts and that’s where Goodman specializes. She has a background in marketing and graphic design. “I love helping my clients create custom labels for special occasions or gifts. We all have people to thank and a great bottle of wine with a custom label is perfect.”

Goodman explains you can use pictures or logos and drawings, whatever you desire and she will turn it into a custom label. She describes one client who had a cute drawing his child made at school. She was able to replicate it perfectly and turn it into a custom label on a unique bottle of wine for a Mother’s Day gift. “These custom label bottles are decorations you will keep forever, long after you enjoyed the wine,” she notes.

Goodman says her business clients love the custom labels. “You can give me a spreadsheet of your business clients, I’ll help design a personalized custom label and we’ll put them on these wonderful artisan wine bottles and ship them out for you.”

Goodman says realtors and brokers love to give Select Global Wines with the customized labels as a closing gift. Clients like lawyers and accountants also take advantage of the custom label program.

Select Global Wines’ tasting program is another great way to sample unique wines. Goodman says they are a lot of fun and a great deal. “You turn your home into a tasting room. You get $200 worth of wine for $56 and can add on other bottles as well.”

Global Select Wines are made in the French tradition with only the finest grapes and no added sulfites or sugar. There are several new wines to choose from every month and Global Select Wines also has a monthly wine club.

Goodman is a member of the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce and enjoys the social and networking benefits.

For more information you can call Caren Goodman at 303-484-8116 or email her at caren@selectglobalwines.com.

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Attorney Dianne Sawaya — Smart, Aggressive, Compassionate

Attorney Dianne Sawaya chuckles as she pulls a cartoon out of her desk drawer. It shows the feisty little girl from The Family Circus cartoon series saying, “I don’t want to be a lady when I grow up. I want to be a lawyer.” Sawaya says she found that cartoon when she was still in college and has kept it ever since.

Born and raised in Denver, Sawaya has been practicing law for 35 years. She says, “I always wanted to fight for what’s right.” She explains she originally started in the pre-med program but quickly determined that was not her calling. Then shortly thereafter she was at the courthouse with her father for a case her father’s employee was involved with. “It was an extraordinary experience watching the justice system at play,” Sawaya recounts. “I knew from that moment that the legal field was the right path for me. I want to utilize the justice system to help those in need.”

She founded the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya in April 2005. They specialize in personal injury auto, truck and motorcycle accidents. “I wanted to leave the mill environment at the prior firm and create a boutique firm to give individual attention to our clients,” Sawaya says. “We’re not a large firm where your case is just a file and sits on a shelf. We maintain constant communication with our clients and take a team approach. We treat our clients like people and keep a picture of them on the first page of their file. We actually create relationships that continue once the case is complete.”

Sawaya says her office has great relationships with medical providers to assist clients with obtaining medical treatment. The firm is well respected by the legal and medical community. “Judges, mediators and even opposing counsels refer friends and family to our firm, “ Sawaya adds, “Doctors seek us out and send their patients to us.”

The Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya provide continuous legal and medical seminars for the entire staff. With her background in a large firm, Sawaya recognized the need for a sophisticated case management software and created customized software for her firm that allows for a consistency with the case processing and a paperless office. “Our customized software lets us have constant contact with clients and helps us to process cases in a way that maximizes the value of the case.”

All of that results in huge benefits for clients. Sawaya explains there is no obligation with the initial consultation. “We will be upfront and honest about the case from day one. “

The Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya advocates for clients outside the courtroom as well. “We give guidance with medical treatment and monitor diagnostics. Nothing is missed,” Sawaya states.

Sawaya says the firm joined the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce because it’s important to be involved with the community. “The networking is great and it matters to us to be active in our community and help other businesses.”

When asked why a client should choose her, Sawaya says, “Because I’m smart, aggressive and compassionate. I know the law, the judges and the system. Insurers know I don’t back down and I get you the best settlement.” Those who know her say not only is Sawaya a great lawyer, she’s a great lady, too.

For more information contact the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya at 303-974-4674 or visit their website www.dslawfirm.com.

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Pie Society — A Pizza Lover’s Home Away From Home


One of Glendale’s newest eateries has been launched by a successful young entrepreneur whose story with Glendale started a decade before he was even born.

Daniel Tsirlin owns Pie Society Pizza, located at 4615 E. Mississippi, across from Glendale’s Infinity Park. Tsirlin explains his parents moved to the United States and made their home in Glendale. He loved growing up in the Glendale community and fondly remembers riding his bicycle on bike paths and through neighborhood streets.

Forty years later his parents still live in Glendale, and Tsirlin has made it his home as well. Tsirlin says the family has always loved the area and opportunities it offers. “When I saw the old pizza business there on East Mississippi was for sale, it was a no brainer for me,” Tsirlin says. “I live just two blocks away and have long enjoyed the pizza business.”

He got his start when he was 15 years old, working his first job at a pizza place and a few years later his first business start up was his own pizza restaurant. Tsirlin also worked in area real estate but is excited about returning to the pizza business with Pie Society.

The extensive menu features every kind of pizza you could imagine. “We’re a simple, no frills pizza place,” Tsirlin adds. “We serve traditional and thin crust pizza that you can purchase by the pie or the slice.” He developed his recipes through years of trial and error, tinkering with the sauces and ingredients and perfecting the pizzas over time. A lot of long hours and elbow grease went into sprucing up and remodeling the old restaurant and the results are amazing.

For Tsirlin, joining the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce was also a “no brainer.” It’s all about being involved in the community he loves and supporting the other local businesses.

Pie Society’s owner retains his love of all things two-wheeled and you can often see him riding his bike to the restaurant.

His enthusiasm for Pie Society is contagious and Tsirlin says he’s been amazed at how excited and supportive his Glendale neighbors have been of the new pizza place.

“They’re not customers when they walk through the door of Pie Society,” Tsirlin exclaims, “they’re friends.”

You can visit Pie Society in person at 4615 E. Mississippi in Glendale or check out the menu online at www.piesociety pizza.com.

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Jennifer Mayes Launches Boutique-Style Financial Management Firm

Glendale Chamber member Jennifer Mayes is pleased to announce the launch of Cardinal Compass Wealth Management. After 10 years with Trilogy, Mayes decided to start a private practice. Cardinal Compass is a boutique-style financial management firm focused on client service and comprehensive, personalized planning.

After a decade of advising clients, Mayes founded Cardinal Compass Wealth Management with the goal of providing clients with the guidance and advice they need to make the best possible financial decisions for themselves. She is dedicated to providing effective, unbiased planning, customized to her clients’ unique lives and dreams.

Cardinal Compass is a boutique-style financial management firm focused on client service and comprehensive, personalized planning. Their most important job is truly understanding who their clients are and what they want to accomplish.

By ensuring that clients’ assets are aligned with their goals and organized according to their highest priorities, they can build plans that are tailored to their lives. Putting the strategies and processes in place to help clients achieve financial success allows them to focus on the things that matter most to them — their passions, businesses, and families.

They provide the research, resources, and expertise to create customized strategies, and collaborate with skilled professionals in a wide array of specialties to find unique solutions. Cardinal Compass helps clients see the impact of the financial decisions they make on their long-term objectives, and make adjustments as needs and priorities change.

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Mayes graduated from Vanderbilt University with degrees in Mathematics and Psychology. By helping her clients make important financial decisions, she is able to apply her passion for finding solutions and helping people on a daily basis.

Outside of the office, Mayes is dedicated to her community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau, and formerly serving as a Director of the Rocky Mountain MS Center and as Business Clinic Chair of the Cleantech Open Rocky Mountain Region. She lives in Denver, and enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with friends and her dog Ricky.

Jennifer can be reached at jmayes@cardinalcompasswealth.com or 720-457-4437. Visit her website at www.cardinalcompasswealth.com.

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Want To Lead? Find A Career You Love? Adrienne Partridge Helps Members Do Just That

New member Adrienne Partridge is helping business owners and professionals become authentic and true leaders through her leadership coaching.

“Authentic leaders know who they are and what they believe and value, act on these values and beliefs while transparently interacting with others, are true to themselves in their decisions, words, and actions, and do not try to be someone they are not,” Partridge said.

She creates extremely individualized programs for each one of her clients based on Authentic Leadership development. The programs Partridge creates and implements reflect her research background and extensive knowledge of best practices in the field.

Partridge started as an educational therapist, where she studied the Kolbe A™ Index, which is predominately used with adults working in organizations. This assessment examines an area of the mind called the conative mode, which is an individual’s natural and innate strengths and talents that are separate from personality and cognitive abilities. She then received a grant to use the assessment with at-risk youth.

“This is when I became completely fascinated with developing professionals and organizations,” Partridge said.

Instead of telling her clients what she thinks they should do, Partridge acts as a partner and guide to empower each of her clients to come up with their own reflections, revelations, ideas, and to make their own decisions.

“I am not the expert on my client’s inner workings, they are,” Partridge said, “I help my clients be more innovative as leaders by encouraging and guiding them to live and lead from a place of authenticity and freedom instead of living by the confines of the status quo.”

Partridge does both career and leadership coaching. She works with both men and women who are unhappy in their jobs and want to find a job they love. With her leadership coaching she focuses on working with high-potential women either identified by the companies in which they work or women who contact her directly because they want to be more visible leaders and continue to advance within their organizations.

“The reason I focus on leadership development with women specifically is that there are quite profound differences between what challenges women and men face in their leadership development journeys,” Partridge said. “From my own research and experience, I have developed a leadership development program that is specifically geared for high-potential women that works.”

For her doctoral dissertation research, Partridge examined educated women’s experiences of leaving the workforce and returning to work after a period of stay-at-home motherhood.

“I have a deep passion for working with mothers looking to go back to work,” Partridge said.

She joined the Chamber in May after becoming a member of the Glendale Girls Club to broaden her professional network, have fun and support other members. She hopes to gain meaningful and genuine professional connections and new friends.

After attending a few GCC gatherings, she is looking forward to attending a Chamber event soon. For more information on her career or leadership coaching, visit Partridge’s website at http://adriennepartridge.com/.

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Chill Out With The Chamber’s New Member

Summer may be winding down, but it’s never too late to cool off with new member Wow! Frozen Yogurt.

This isn’t your typical froyo joint — it’s on wheels. Refrigeration units built into the bus ensure the six flavors of yogurt and over 20 different toppings stay chilled and frozen. And because this sweet treat is yogurt, your waistline will thank you as you cool off. The average cup of vanilla ice cream has about 15 grams of fat in it, but vanilla froyo has about six grams of fat.

“Our product is amazing. We like to keep it simple,” Brandon Pleiman, VP of Wow! Mobile Frozen Yogurt, said.

That amazing product is how the froyo truck got its name. Wow! Mobile Frozen Yogurt currently carries watermelon sorbet, strawberry cream, chocolate chip cookie dough, Oreo cookie, triple chocolate and classic vanilla. Not only is the yogurt tasty, the toppings are from local grocers every time, guaranteed.

“Our business is unique because we are a rare form of food truck. You just don’t see our type of food truck rolling around,” Pleiman said.

You can find the “Yo-Mobile,” almost as famous as the “Bat-mobile,” in Lakewood, Thornton, Green Valley Ranch, Castle Rock, and all the areas in between, at events or just around town.

“Food trucks are awesome, and a frozen yogurt truck is even more awesome. It’s always fun meeting new people and supporting different events,” Pleiman said.

Community is a core value for the team at Wow! Mobile Frozen Yogurt, and they joined the Chamber to grow with the local community and to be more connected. Their main mission is to build a better community — it’s on their website and within their product.

“One of the strongest forces is when the community gathers together and grows as a people. As a society, we have been moving in a direction where solitude and isolation are intensifying. We desire to be a force of friendliness in our community. We long to be a family friend of yours. We want to make life more vibrant for you. We just want to see the joy of sweets and souls gathering together for a brief moment. Life is short, we want to step in and bring a breath of fresh air to our community with our product, our people, and our passion.”

Pleiman said he believes the Chamber emulates those same values of community. He is hoping to attend a Chamber event in the near future. For more information on the froyo truck, visit wowmobilefrozenyogurt.com.

 

 

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Stand Out with Icon Suits

A first impression is made within the first few seconds, and with new member, Icon Suit, men, you can make your first impression unforgettable with a custom, hand-made suit.

“You go into a store, and you always compromise because someone else designed those clothes for you,” Dmitriy Metsaev, Icon Suit Owner and CEO, said. “Here, we’re changing the whole perspective of the fashion business, that you can get whatever you want, at the price you want, with the service you want, with the fabric you want, with the cut you want, with the design options you want.”

The shelves of the Cherry Creek store are sleek, modern and filled with your imagination. With over 3,000 fabrics, from conservative looks with dark blues, greys and blacks to textured and heavily patterned, customers can easily become designers. Icon Suit offers multiple cuts and can make seven billion unique suits—a guarantee you’ll never see another suit like yours. And the quality is sure to impress—all suits are hand-made and made in Italy.

“The way we approach the whole process—it’s totally different,” Metsaev said. “We are not saving money on the quality,”

The type of customization for the price Icon Suit offers is second to none, and beyond the limitless personalization, the service and experience is tailored to the customer. After thorough measurements and conversations about what the customer wants, Metsaev and the staff will help guide him through the design process, making sure the suit is exactly what he envisioned.

“I think that waiting for the suit, choosing your fabric, getting your own standard, getting your own idea on how you should look, it’s really exciting,” Metsaev said.

They offer all the regular cuts—traditional, with a mild heavy shoulder, summer cuts with thin lining, no lining or summer wool or silk, and more.

Currently, Icon Suit is just formal, but they are developing a made-to-measure jeans, ties and shoes program that should roll out in the next few months. Metsaev said the shirts in his store are simply the best for quality. Icon Suit is where craftsmanship meets technology to simplify your life and revolutionize your wardrobe.

“It’s personalization, excitement, it’s revolutionary in the industry and simplicity. You just come over and we’ll walk you through,” Metsaev said.

In about a half an hour, you can have the blueprint for your made-to-order suit, but if it takes you longer to find a perfect match, Metsaev and staff will give all the attention to detail needed to make your perfect suit a reality.

“It’s not only about suits it’s about experience as well,” Metsaev said. “Once you put it on and you feel it is hand-made, you want to show that you have a certain status and you want to show respect for the people around you.”

The Denver location in Cherry Creek opened in March as a pilot store for America. Icon Suit currently has 5 stores—three in Moscow, one in St. Petersburg and now, one in Denver. Metsaev said he hopes to expand his stores in US to places like Chicago, LA, Dallas and Miami, and Denver is the perfect place to test a store concept because of the diverse population.

Metsaev and Icon Suit joined the Chamber a few months ago in hopes to meet new friends, attend events and network. Visit their location on Steele Street in Cherry Creek or shop online.

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Welcome New Member Bryn Carter

It’s a seller’s market in Denver right now, and Bryn Carter, new Chamber member and RE/MAX real estate agent, can help you sell or purchase your next home.

“There are many real estate agents in Colorado, we all know this is a happening market,” Carter said. “I’m a very involved agent from the day I start working with a client.”

When she helps a buyer, Carter will bring in ideas for cosmetic changes for the house or help them lay out plans for the garden so they can truly envision themselves in the home. With sellers, she makes the process as smooth and worry-free as possible—even sending them on fun activities when their house is being shown.

Carter has been a freelance writer and just last year pursued her realtors license. Using her writing background, she can help her clients market their product even more.

“I like to think that I have worked for so many different clients that I am able to use different voices for each of my clients. From music, fashion, real estate, marketing, advertising and ghost writing, I offer my clients a variety of ways to help them with their products,” Carter said.

RE/MAX Professionals is a real estate family that works incredibly hard for its clients but also for its real estate agents. Carter said they believe in a work hard but also live hard belief, knowing that part of the reason realtors get into the business is so that they can enjoy their family and friends while pursuing a fulfilling career.

“I’m not sure every real estate agency can find that good balance,” Carter said. “RE/MAX Professionals is like one, big, supportive family. From the managing brokers to the office managers to the owners of the company, you will always find people willing to help you in any way they can.”

Carter joined the Chamber in early May 2017 after meeting with Jeff Allen and Cheri Landin. While she hasn’t been to any events yet, she’s looking forward to growing relationships with the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce.

“I am excited to be part of such an amazing Chamber of wonderful individuals,” Carter said. “I’m looking forward to meeting other members and enjoying events and helping make Glendale even greater than it already is.”

If you are thinking it is time to get into the Denver real estate market, give Carter a call at (303) 815-8272 or email at bryn.carter@remax.net.

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