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.

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

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 or email Gonzalez at

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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.

Photo Credit: Elevate Photography

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.

Photo Credit: Elevate Photography

“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.

Photo Credit: From the Hip Photo

“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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New Member VC Interactive Helps Businesses Stand Out

VC Interactive, via digital signage, provides a means to reach your targeted audience, whether visitors or internal personnel, using engaging messaging and visuals that deliver the right information at the right time and place.

VC Interactive captures the attention of viewers on any piece of glass—from tablets to video walls and everything in between.  Impressions can take an active form as one might encounter on an airport concourse, or subtly blend into the décor of a fine jewelry store. Creating a powerful, tailored solution, with versatile content and ease of use sets VC Interactive apart.

Eric Woody is one of the founding partners.Eric Woody, VC Interactive, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce Denver

“We evaluate each project, determining a primary and secondary goal and define how our comprehensive visual communications approach will provide both tangible and intangible benefits. While that sounds like sales gobbledygook, it really is a waste of time if we are simply a solution in search of a problem. Not everyone we meet is in need of our services and there is no reason to force feed it where it doesn’t belong,” Woody said.

A childhood friend introduced him to a company and told Woody of the tremendous growth in the visual communications industry. Today, the trend is to communicate visually.

“From retail displays and HD monitors, to educational tools and the web, images are replacing text,” Woody said.

Woody referenced a recent Hewlett Packard white paper that concluded people remember 10 percent of what they hear, 20 percent of what they read and 80 percent of what they see and do.

“We present a concept to people that causes them to view their business approach in a different light,” Woody said. “The solutions VCi provide clients often reflect the vary influences that have impacted their own buying habits or office life. It’s fun to see the light bulb go on when they realize the subtle effect it has already played in their daily behavior. We demonstrate how that can help in their business.”

Eric Woody, VC Interactive, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce Denver

After visiting with VCi it is apparent that employing dynamic visuals is a requirement to reach an audience and generate meaningful results.

“Visual messages surround us every day,” Woody said. “We watch real and fictional stories on television.  We view advertisements in magazines and on billboards and we review charts, graphs and tables in books. We consider photographs that we want to display around our home, and design visual aides to accompany our presentations at work. VCi translates that into a strategy that can be implemented by an organization needing to reach the public or inspire its workforce.”

Woody emphasized the primary benefit of visual communication over verbal is immediacy.

Eric Woody, VC Interactive, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce Denver

He said the composition of Glendale’s current businesses and the future 180 Project are a perfect example of how informing and inspiring the public is vital. Woody joined the Chamber in April 2017 because the expansion of Glendale is bringing in more new businesses.

“We felt it was time to bring our services to the community,” Woody said.

After attending a few luncheons and happy hours, Woody said his favorite part about the Chamber so far is the people.

For more information on VC Interactive, visit their website.

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Craig Hospital Foundation Makes Difference for Spinal Cord Patients

The Craig Foundation, along with Craig Hospital are helping patients with spinal cord and brain injuries regain their highest possible level of independence and life quality with cutting-edge technology and resources.

Ranked as a top-ten nationally recognized, independent, not-for-profit hospital, Craig relies on charitable support from the Craig Foundation. The Craig Foundation exists solely to raise support for Craig, it’s programs and patients. Ken Mowad, Director of Philanthropy at the Craig Foundation, said Craig’s mission to advocate for and provide exceptional patient and family centered care, motivates him every day at work.

Ken Mowad, Craig Hospital, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce“Our patients come here because of a catastrophic injury. Even in the most challenging times, they approach their rehabilitation with bravery and enthusiasm. I enjoy hearing their stories and watching as they persevere through their recovery process. The patients are my motivation,” Mowad said.

The Craig Foundation provides more than $1.2 million of direct financial assistance to patients and their families each year through the patient assistance funds. In addition, the Craig Foundation provides nearly half a million dollars each year to support spinal cord and brain injury research.

“Donor support empowers patients and their families to return to home with confidence and the tools they need to thrive,” Mowad said.

Many of Craig’s innovative programs are not reimbursed by insurance companies and rely on donor support, including Operation TBI Freedom, the Nurse Advice Line, Music Therapy and the Craig School Program. OTF is a program of Craig Hospital that provides support for veterans and active duty military personnel with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The program offers case management services including crisis management, mental health referrals, classes, and emergency assistance for food and housing needs. In the past eight years, the program has assisted more than 1,300 service members.

Ken Mowad, Craig Hospital, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce

The award-winning Nurse Advice Line at Craig is the only phone-based care and education resource in that nation that provides free specialized healthcare information to people living with spinal cord and brain injuries, their family members and health care providers. Music therapy is the clinical use of music to facilitate recovery of motor, speech, language and cognitive function and to retrain the brain to learn important life skills. Craig integrates music therapy into its approach to stimulate neurological responses that other therapies may not reach.

For approximately 15 years, the donor-funded Craig School Program has helped high school students with their studies. While at Craig, students work closely with a credentialed teacher to earn school credit and keep up with their classmates back home. Prior to discharge, students and families work with the teacher to create a school transition plan in order to make the return to school as seamless as possible.

“As unpleasant as it is to think about, I’ve learned that any of us could sustain a spinal cord or brain injury and need professional and financial assistance. It’s rewarding to connect generous donors with the people and programs who need the help,” Mowad said.

Ken Mowad, Craig Hospital, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce

Mowad joined the Chamber in August 2016. He said the Chamber is a great opportunity to support area businesses, to network with new and creative people and highlight what he does with like-minded individuals.

“The Chamber has done a great job communicating events and making me feel very welcome as a new member,” Mowad said.

Mowad has enjoyed attending the Business Before Business Workshops that give members the opportunity to network before work and learn about each other’s businesses. The Business Before Business Workshops occur every third Tuesday at the Egg and I on South Holly. For more information on the Craig Foundation, visit or call 303-789- 8650.

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Executive Talk Moves to the CTN

Chamber Ambassador, Maurice Washington, has taken the next step with his show, Executive Talk.

This year, Washington switched from public access to the Christian Television Network, CTN. His new slot gives his show access to thousands of TVs across the nation by the end of May. CTN is in 12 other states across the US and has been around for more than 15 years.

Maurice Washington, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Executive Talk

“I made the switch because I felt like it was a biblical transition for me,” Washington said. “The station was looking for someone in the business world speaking from a biblical format and the opportunity presented itself at the perfect time.”

His show has always focused on helping individuals in business learn more about a multitude of aspects of different industries. Now on CTN, Washington is adding a biblical perspective to his show.

“To be able to address the business world from a biblical point of view is a deeper direction with my business consulting,” Washington said. “I love exploring the depths of the emotional aspects of business ownership. I know how much the business owner goes through on a daily basis.  It’s not easy and to be able to provide specific answers to these challenges is my passion.”

Not only can you see him on your television screen, Chamber members and friends can attend Monday afternoons from 3:45 – 5:00 pm at the studio: 8081 E Orchard Rd. Greenwood Village, Co 80111.

Executive Talk airs on Facebook Live Mondays from 4:30 – 5:00pm and plays on Thursday’s from 5:00 – 5:30pm and on Saturday from 12:30 – 1:00pm on channel 51 Comcast and channel 55 on DISH Network. For more information and to keep up with the latest on Executive Talk, visit the website and like the Facebook Fanpage.


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Welcome New Member Kevin Reilly with AXA Advisors:

Kevin Reilly has been in the financial world most of his life. In fact, as a child he would collect pennies in a milk jar and count them every week.

“I think that was an indicator,” Reilly said.

Once he arrived in New York City to attend Columbia University, he knew he wanted to be in the financial field.

“The immediate exposure to the financial markets was incredible,” Reilly said.

Now in Denver at AXA Advisors, Reilly is a full-service, one-stop shop financial consultant. He can handle anything from life insurance, estate planning, wealth management, retirement income strategies and real estate.

“I can do everything other than lend money,” Reilly said. “AXA Advisors is an open architecture firm (meaning) we can utilize other companies’ products. That allows us to find the absolute best solution for our clients.”

Reilly builds and protects wealth for all his clients, relieving the pressure of them doing it on their own.

“Taking this off their day-to-day agenda allows my clients to focus on their families and their own professional careers while knowing someone is looking out for their long term financial future,” Reilly said.

Reilly is truly looking out for his clients, and is in the business to help people because it’s what he loves.

“I love helping people,” Reilly said. “I love solving problems and pain points for individuals and families regarding their financial house. I am able to assist people and businesses solve problems that on their own many times are not achievable. This gives my clients a level of satisfaction and thankfulness that in turn allows me to love what I do for them.”

Kevin Reilly, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Glendale Colorado, Chamber of Commerce, AXA AdvisorsReilly joined the Chamber in December 2016 and attended the Christmas party. Living in the neighborhood, he wanted to meet and mingle with like-minded professionals. He said he appreciates the immediate friendliness and communication of the Chamber in such a short amount of time with newsletters and events.

“I want to thank the Chamber for a warm reception, and I hope to meet as many people as I can in this 2017,” Reilly said. “I am building my business at AXA Advisors and am here to help anyone in their financial needs such as life insurance, estate planning, wealth management, retirement income strategies and real estate. We have creative ways to assist people and business that just aren’t available in the pure retail channel. There are advantages to using a financial consultant. Perhaps I can help you in 2017.”

Reilly has some financial advice for 2017.

“Stay the course. Use a financial adviser. Great things to come! Live within your means. But by all measures protect what you have,” Reilly said.

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Jultak Floral Designs Stays Modern

Michale Jultak Floral Designs is a traditional company with a modern twist.

A family business since 1947, Michael Jultak Floral Designs has been serving the Denver area with high-quality flowers, from having a traditional store front to now a modern online-based company.

Current owner, Skip, got started in the family business when he was just 16 years old.

“I was a delivery driver for my father when I was 16, and every time I went up to the door people would just cry or smile, just really have a great emotion when I dropped them off,” Jultak said.

It began a career of creativity that he never thought would lead back to the floral business.Jultak Floral Designs, Megan Carthel, Megan McNeil He went to culinary school, but came back to the family business and began taking calls on a very special day—Valentine’s Day.

“I enjoyed answering the phone and talking to people,” Jultak said.

And he realized that not only could he be creative and talk with people, he was selling more than flowers, but an emotion.

“My father always said we don’t sell flowers, we sell sentiment,” Jultak said. “A lot of people can’t show their emotions, so they send flowers.”

From private parties, weddings, funerals, acts of love to the Denver Police Officers Foundation annual memorial, Michael Jultak Floral Designs does it all, and on short order.

Because it’s an internet based company, most orders are delivered within 2-4 hours. The tropicals, Jultak’s favorites, are jetted in fresh from Hawaii weekly, and provide a brighter, more unique and longer lasting arrangement. His business is truly world-wide.

For more information or to order, visit

Jultak Floral Designs, Megan Carthel, Megan McNeil, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce

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Device Pitstop Welcomed to Chamber


Device Pitstop was officially welcomed into the Chamber family December 7th with a ribbon cutting.

The store joined the Chamber in July 2016, well before the doors were even opened.

“We wanted to build a relationship with our community and fellow merchants in the area,” Jason Gaines said. “The Chamber is clearly an integral part of the Glendale community and we want to be a part of this vibrant area.”

Device Pitstop is a one-stop shop for all electronic needs. They buy, sell, repair, trade and upgrade laptops, desktops, cell phones and tablets.

“Unlike other companies that limit services to either phones or computers, we have experienced technicians able to repair both,” Gaines said. “ We also buy and sell devices and accessories. We are truly your one stop device shop.”

At Device Pitstop, “reusing computers and various parts is the smartest way to recycle.” The company started in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2003, and has grown to now ten franchise locations, two of which are here in the Denver area.

The store lowered prices on many of their laptops just for the holidays. They have laptops starting as low as $100 and desktops for as low as $59.99. Device Pitstop is also promoting $80 screen repairs on the iPhone 6 and all iPhone 5 models.

The new location on Colorado Boulevard has enjoyed being in Glendale, with a great location and even better clientele.

“We are extremely happy with our Glendale location,” Gaines said. “The clientele has been great and we look forward to being here for many years to come.”

It’s not just the location in Glendale that Gaines is happy with.

“The Chamber has been extremely welcoming,” Gaines said. “Several Chamber members have already reached out to us for various services and marketing opportunities. We had a great turnout for our Ribbon Cutting and everyone has made us feel like family.”

Gaines said he has been impressed with the communication at the Chamber, always keeping them informed about new and exciting opportunities and events in the area. And as they get more involved in the community and in the Chamber family, Gaines hopes to have a deeper connection with the area—a reason the store joined the Chamber in the first place.

“We want to be a part of the community, not just another business,” Gaines said. “We want
everyone to think of us first when they need help with their phones or computers.”

For more information, see Device Pitstop’s website.

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