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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Esters Neighborhood Pub Welcomes the Whole Family, Joins Chamber

Esters Neighborhood Pub just celebrated its two-year anniversary and began its membership in the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce at the beginning of June.

Sullivan has lived in the Virginia Village neighborhood since 2002, and was inspired by his family to open a kid-friendly neighborhood pub. Before opening Esters, Paul Sullivan, owner, sold beer to bars and restaurants, so craft beer was no foreign language to him.

“I was a beer sales guy and I worked for a brewery as well, so I was really into craft beer,” Sullivan said.

Paul Sullivan, Esters Denver, Esters Neighborhood Pub, Virginia Village, Glendale CO, Glendale Chamber of Commerce

His restaurant and pub has 22 beers on draft and cocktails, but what makes his place stand out from the rest is the oven. Pizzas, salads, sandwiches and small appetizers are made in the oven. There is no deep fryer or freezer in the restaurant.

“we make everything fresh—all of our dough, our sauce, our salad dressings, everything we make by hand every single morning. So even though our food is not fancy by any means in my opinion, it’s just authentic. It’s all made from scratch,” Sullivan said.

So even the chicken and waffles they serve for brunch on Sundays are made in the pizza oven. It gives the flavor and atmosphere of a laid-back home-cooked meal away from the craziness of a busy household. With its modern and clean décor, Esters is definitely a place to enjoy a warm summer evening, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays with a full bloody Mary bar, watch a game with the family or even just catch up with old and new friends. Esters also has great weekly specials—kids eat free on Tuesdays and bottles of wine are half priced on Wednesdays.

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Esters Neighborhood Pub has won many awards in its first two years, including best sports bar for watching games, best brunch in Denver and one of Denver’s top ten pizza joints in 2016.

Sullivan joined the Chamber after meeting members and wanting to get more involved in his surrounding community. He’s served as the Secretary for the Virginia Village Neighborhood association for four years.

“I believe that doing business in a community is important to help our community grow and help everyone out. So I think it’s good to be part of organizations and Chambers that help with that,” Sullivan said.

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Peepers Optical Joins Chamber

Peepers Optical has been a local mainstay since the late 80s. Long time locals may remember the big purple building on Colorado Boulevard and Bayaud. Now, they’ve rejoined the Chamber in hopes to build relationships through authenticity.

Jeanine C. McCleery, Peeper Optical co-owner, said along with great customer service, her independently owned optical store prides themselves on exceptional eye care.

Peepers Optical, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce Denver“Many individuals actually get anxious when shopping for new glasses,” McCleery said. “We provide such a warm and welcoming environment and we personally shop with and style all of our patients.  Sometimes everyone in the store “votes” on their favorite pair when someone cannot decide between 2 frames.  That’s when it really gets fun.”

McCleery said the environment is so warm and welcoming at her store that she equated it to the TV show Cheers. Patients come to get their eyes checked, glasses adjusted, tweaked and cleaned on a very regular basis—some coming for over 25 years. She suggests getting an annual health check for eyes, regardless of glasses or contacts usage.

“Take care of your eyes,” McCleery said. “They are the only pair you get.  We use our eyes in such a different way than we did 10 years ago.”

With new technology we use our eyes to stare at, comes a new need in eye care. McCleery calls the new technology in digital lenses “amazing.” Many of their patients benefit from a computer pair of lenses or a blue blocking lenses, even if they don’t need a typical pair of glasses.

Peepers Optical, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce DenverAside from technology, Denver has its own set of eye-harming issues, the sunny days.

“Colorado has over 300 days of sunshine, so when you live in such a sunny state like ours, you have a higher chance of developing cataracts,” McCleery said. “It is really important to have a good pair of sunglasses.”

Peepers Optical offers small business owners a discount plan that they can use themselves and offer to their employees at no charge.  They also do free adjustments and repairs on glasses, even on ones not purchased at Peepers Optical.

Peepers Optical, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce DenverPeepers Optical rejoined the Chamber in March. McCleery said she loves to network with individuals and businesses that are geographically close to her store.  After attending the Business After Hours at the Bull and Bush, she said she met several interesting people and began to build relationships through authenticity and laughs.

“That’s what I hope to get out of my membership,” McCleery said.

She is also interested in getting involved with charitable organizations and fundraisers the Chamber works with.

For more information, visit Peepers Optical at 5075 Leetsdale Drive or visit their website.

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New Member Ted Gonzalez Helps Finance More Than Homes

Ted Gonzalez, Land Home Financial Loan Officer, joined the Chamber in March 2017 after being a Glendale resident for seven years.

“It makes natural sense that I get to know and become involved with what’s going on in my back yard –literally,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a way to help spread some awareness of my service and our business, that’s located in Glendale as well. On top of that, it’s helped me to meet more key people and like-minded personalities.”

Land Home Financial is a community lender, and Glendale is a natural fit for so many of the apartment complex residents who will have interest in becoming homeowners someday. Gonzalez and Land Home Financial pride themselves on being community lenders. Their goal is to help find the best avenues of providing homeownership and doing what’s best in the client’s interests -not theirs.

Ted Gonzales, Land Home Financial, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce Denver“Ultimately, our philosophy is not just focused on how much our company is earning, it’s about the task at hand, and what we’ve done for our clients that matters,” Gonzalez said. “We service our loans as well, so our relationship with the client doesn’t end at closing, like most lenders.  Without these practices, we wouldn’t have been in business since 1986, as we rely on word of mouth to continue our mission.”

Gonzalez said he enjoys the opportunity to help people achieve that dream of being able to buy that first property and being a part of someone’s journey who’s going after their “dream home.” Regardless of the constant changes and revolving regulations and market changes, Gonzalez truly loves his line of work and the challenges that come with it. For him, the end result is the best part.

“I love it when I get my Client’s “approved” email from our underwriter. I will never get tired of that,” Gonzalez said.

His unique level of personal service sets him apart from other lenders and loan officers.

“My attitude begins with being willing to take as much time needed for my client’s unique and particular situations. Some folks need a lot of coaching, advice and patience. While others need very little hand-holding,” Gonzalez said.

Aside from providing a full range of mortgage financing options, with optional down payment assistance programs, Land Home Financial also has a Builders Division for medium-larger scale sub-division development projects and a commercial lending department that does the full gamut from small business loans, to large scale commercial projects of different types.

“I’m very proud to represent a company with this much diversity and capability,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez is exploring ways to help the community outside of loans and get involved in a charitable cause. He said he has liked the small-town feel and sense of comradery of the Glendale Chamber and has found an interesting diversity among the people and backgrounds. Since joining, he has attended a number of events including a Business Before Business Workshop and After Hours at the Bull and Bush and Cherry Creek Athletic Club.

“I’ve always managed to get into some interesting and in depth conversations with people at these gatherings,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve had some other amazing conversations with people who tend to open up and really share some insight about themselves – which I love when people do that.”


For more information, visit lhfs.com or email Gonzalez at Ted.Gonzalez@lhfs.com.

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Venue 221 Joins Chamber

Venue 221 is Cherry Creek’s newest and hottest events venue, and it’s the Glendale Chamber’s new member.

Join Venue 221 for their grand-opening on June 20th from 11am-4pm. Cocktails and Canapés will be served.

Cindy and Thomas Wynne, a mother-son duo saw the need for a space the community could come together for corporate events, children’s theater, weddings, art showing and more in the Cherry Creek area.

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Being from Oklahoma, Cindy describes herself as someone who naturally wants to put on an apron and offer fresh, warm cookies.

“I feel like when people are in our venue, they are kind of family and we care about their happiness. We care about every moment that they’re in the building,” Cindy said.

When designing the $3 million dollar venue, they thought extensively about what they could provide so that that client wouldn’t have to hire a DJ, lighting, an extra place to stay, and more. The only thing that really needs to be provided is a caterer, but Venue 221 is host to a full catering kitchen. It’s truly an all-inclusive, one-of-a-kind and state-of-the-art venue. The bar alone is incredibly unique.

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“No one had ever really done it the way we were doing it, but everyone said it was possible, but we were the ones that really did it,” Thomas said.

The bar is the first thing that catches your eye in. It’s sleek and modern with unique lights hanging above. It gives off an elegance of its own kind. It has custom evo lighting that can match any color the customer wants. What’s even cooler is the same color can be blasted outside on the evo square lights that make up the façade of the building.

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, there sits a Utica Town Square, that inspired much of the look of Venue 221.

“It was all mid-century, and my family would go there on very special occasions,” Cindy said.

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Michael Knorr, the architect, went to school in Oklahoma and was familiar with the shopping center Cindy was so inspired by. Everything from the walnut wood coverings down to the pattern of the stones on the fireplace is thought out and resemble mid-century design with modern elegance, but it’s not over stated.

“We spent a lot of time making it unique, interesting, singular, but also enough of a blank space that people can really bring their own ideas to it,” Thomas said. “It’s a lot of fun seeing someone else bring their vision in. It’s the kind of joy I would imagine a canvass maker feels.”

The original building was built during the same time The Cherry Cricket was. When the Wynnes bought the venue, they promised the former owners to keep as much of the building intact as they could.

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“Cherry Creek is really changing and it feels good to have something that’s original. It’s from the 50s that we’ve kind of refurbished and rebuilt and not destroyed and remade,” Thomas said.

Venue 221 joined the Chamber in May 2017. Cindy and Thomas said they are looking forward to conversations and branching out of the Cherry Creek North area. For more information, visit their website.

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