LoHi 4th of July Parade and Family Picnic Thrives Thanks to Community Support




This past weekend marked the LoHi Neighborhood’s 8th Annual 4th of July Parade and Family Picnic. The Stasko Agency has been involved with the fundraising for this event, helping to make it happen each and every year since its inaugural event in 2008. The event has become a great tradition for people of all ages in the LoHi Neighborhood and has continued to flourish over the years. Of course, that success would not be possible without numerous generous donations made by many of our LoHi Merchants. The LoHi Merchants who stepped up to show their support were, as follows:



·         Lulu’s

·         Symmetry

·         ArcWest Architects


·         Tea Bar

·         Green Peak Management

·         M&M and Things

·         Edible Beats

·         Menchie’s

·         The Stasko Agency

·         Body Heal Thyself

·         LoHi Steak Bar

·         Whorl

·         Anna Be

·         Bradford Real Estate

·         Pearl Dentistry

·         Welcomemat Service

·         Highland Tap & Burger

·         Vava Bloom

·         Jezebel’s

·         Fierce45

·         Clementine

We would like to thank all of the LoHi Merchants for their generous contributions. With your help we raised $5,350 in just two days. WOW!
The parade  and picnic featured a marching band, bouncing castle, and a 100 foot long sundae provided by Little Man Ice Cream.
We hope you made it out to enjoy the fun this year, but if not, we'll see you this year.
 

'Tis the season for ribbon cutting ceremonies


 
Summer is certainly the time for barbecues, relaxation and fun in the sun. And if you’re anything like the City of Wheat Ridge, it’s time for ribbon cuttings. In the past few months Wheat Ridge has hosted ribbon cutting ceremonies for Clancy’s Irish Pub, Hopper Hollow Park, Grammy’s Goodies, and – the two most recent – Sprouts and Starbucks.
The new Sprouts and Starbucks took over the lot on 38th and Kipling, giving the area a refreshing new look and vibe – something the neighborhood has been looking forward to for some time now.

 
 
In addition to the new shopping center and popular coffee shop, the 6.3 acre project is also now home to MorningStar Senior Living Center. The center includes 64 units and includes a memory care center for their residents. The new development gives a fresh and inviting look to the corner and adds to the essence of Wheat Ridge. Read more about what the Denver Post says about MorningStar, Sprouts, and Starbucks Grand Openings here.
See you at the next ribbon cutting July 29th at 3:00 p.m. to welcome Wheat Ridge Learning Academy into the neighborhood. You can read more about the Wheat Ridge Learning Academy here.

The Stasko Agency welcomes new summer intern Tayler Latham!


Hello Everyone!

My name is Tayler Latham and I’m happy to introduce myself as Lu’s summer intern over at The Stasko Agency. I am about to enter my senior year at Colorado State University as a Journalism Major with a concentration on Public Relations and a Business Minor. Through my studies at CSU, I have obtained skills pertaining to news writing, social media management, and PR. I spent this last semester interning for the Walt Disney World Company in Orlando, Florida. There I was able to connect with marketing professionals, enhance my social media skills, and get hands on experience in the corporate world. I met many amazing people and had many unforgettable experiences and I’m excited to bring what I learned into my future endeavors.

I’m thrilled to start this new adventure with Lu and The Stasko Agency. I look forward to applying knowledge from my college courses to the real world and absorbing all the tips and tricks Lu has up her sleeve.

Currently, I am working on the social media for the City of Wheat Ridge and press for the Highland’s 8th Annual 4th of July Parade and Family Picnic at Hirshorn Park. I can’t wait to see what all this internship has in store and look forward to meeting and working with you all.

A Look Back

We're happy to report that 2015 is off to a great start for The Stasko Agency. We're hard at work promoting a number of initiatives, including helping to spread the word about two new awards from the Governor's Council on Active and Healthy Lifestyles. You can read more about the awards here.

However, before we get to far ahead of ourselves, we thought we'd take a moment and reflect back on 2014 and all the wonderful clients we were lucky to work with. Last year, we were proud to conduct PR campaigns for a wide variety of organizations, from specialty retailers to high-profile developers, including:

  • Mudlick Mail
  • The Walnut Room
  • The City of Wheat Ridge
  • Camp Inc.
  • Wine Storage of Denver
  • Zocalo Community Development 
  • Decor and You
  • Colorado Culture of Health Conference
  • Little Man Ice Cream
  • Swinerton Builders Colorado
  • Denver Independent Brokers
  • The LoHi Merchant Group
  • Bright Beginnings
  • Joie de Vivre Pilates
  • Truest Beauty
  • Kukui Corp.
Every year offers new learning opportunities and 2014 was no exception. We discovered just how far some wine collectors will go to protect their collections and got the chance to help Wine Storage of Denver educate their clients about the benefits of their move to a larger facility. You can read about the company's expanded space in 5280 here. Another highlight was assisting a new Boulder-based entrepreneurial camp, appropriate dubbed Camp Inc. - recruit campers. Our efforts yielded stories in the Denver Business Journal, the Boulder Daily Camera and 9News. We also continued to expand our knowledge of just how important marketing is to the automotive repair industry, thanks to direct mail provider Mudlick Mail and Kukui Corp., a supplier of software for auto service centers. You can read more about Kukui in Motor Age Magazine and Ratchet and Wrench.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are some photos to help illustrated the breadth of work we performed last year.

In February, Zocalo Community Development sold its Cadence Union Station apartment complex to Invesco Real Estate. We worked with the company to tell the story behind the sale. The deal attracted attention from several media outlets, including the Denver Post, the Denver Business Journal, the Colorado Real Estate Journal and Multi-Housing News.

Wheat Ridge City officials break ground on a Sprouts Farmers Market. Last year was a busy one for development in Wheat Ridge, where three new housing developments broke ground and a number of news businesses opened their doors. The city was also named one of the best places in the nation to retire by the website Livability. 


Little Man Ice Cream celebrated selling its millionth scoop last summer. Westword was kind enough to cover the story, which you can read here.

In May, Wheat Ridge officials hosted a signing ceremony where Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill that provides a tax credit to encourage development of contaminated brownfield sites.

Denver Public Schools Board Member Jeannie Kaplan speaks to the crowd at the groundbreaking of the Denver School of Science and Technology at Byers Middle School. Stasko Agency client Swinerton Builders Colorado performed the renovations on the school.





We look forward to another busy year helping our clients achieve their goals!

The Walnut Room Marks 10th Anniversary

At the Stasko Agency, we're blessed to work with some of Denver's most visionary entrepreneurs. Take John Burr, for example.  A decade ago, he opened a live music venue and pizzeria in neighborhood that was up and coming but still hadn't arrived. Today, Burr's baby - The Walnut Room - is positioned in the heart of what is now known as RiNo, one of city's hippest hubs. Being a pioneer isn't always easy, so Burr and his team deserve a hearty congratulations for marking their 10th anniversary Friday, January 9th.



To celebrate, The Walnut Room will host a big bash from 5 pm to 11 pm featuring, complimentary pizza and appetizers, drink specials and a free performances from Adrienne O, Andy Palmer, Roo & The Howl, Matt Hoffman and DJ Social Lubrication.


Over the last decade, The Walnut Room has gained a reputation as premier music venue, hosting
local bands as well as established national acts, including One Eskimo, Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band) Brenden Bayliss (Umphrey’s Mcgee), Trout Steak Revival, Simon Townshend (of The Who), Jewel, Churchill and The Fray. The pizzeria has also gaining a following for its thin-crust pies and an expanding menu that includes an array of salads and sandwiches.



Westword and On the Town Columnist Penny Parker have helped us spread the word about The Walnut Room's success. You can read Westword's piece here and Penny's column here.

We hope to see you at the celebration. For more information click here.


Little Man Serves Millionth Scoop

It was an exciting summer for Little Man Ice Cream, which marked six years in its 28-foot-tall Lower Highland home and a number of other milestones.


Since it opened, Little Man has donated one scoop of beans or rice to communities in need around the world for every scoop of ice cream it sells.  In July, Elaine Tamburello, mother of Little Man owner Paul Tamburello, had the honor of serving the shop's millionth scoop and celebrating Little Man's donation of one million scoops to developing nations. The celebration included a jazz band, free "little dips" and a philanthropic "market" featuring a variety of non-profits that have benefited from Little Man's community contributions.

Elaine and Paul Tamburello celebrating Little Man's millionth scoop
Little Man also grew its brand by leaps and bounds, expanding the number of outlets carrying its products to more than 25 across the metro-area. Perhaps the most prominent member of Little Man's wholesale program is the Milkbox Ice Creamery at the newly renovated Union Station. The shop carries Little Man's ice cream exclusively and has been doing brisk business since opening in July.



It's no surprise to see such great demand for Little's Man frosty treats given the ice cream maker's focus on creating unique flavors. Despite a full slate of community events,  Little Man managed to launch a new slate of vegan ice cream flavors this summer, including such creative concoctions as The Bee's Knees - a blend of vegan banana ice cream, bee-free honey swirl and a mixture of peanut butter-filled pretzels and The Munchies, featuring vegan peanut butter ice cream with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, almonds, peanuts and marshmallows.

 
The vegan flavors caught the attention of Everyday host and vegetarian Chris Parente who sampled the ice cream on air.  9News also featured Little Man in a segment on how to make the perfect root beer float. Watch it here.

Next on Little Man's list is moving into a bigger commissary to give the ice cream maker more room to experiment and meet the public's appetite for its products. The new facility will also have a tasting room, so fans can sample the latest creations.



Little Man wrapped up its peak season September 28th with its annual Hula Hoop Contest, an event that draws young and old to compete in a fundraising effort for local schools. But don't forget that the ice cream shop will continue to host the Highland Farmers Market and Artisan Alley from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first two Fridays in October. Hope to see you there!

Camp. Inc Participants Draw Press for Business Pitches

While many of us have been enjoying the lazy days of summer, the kids participating in Camp Inc. have been busy learning the business skills they need to bring a product or service to market. Located in the mountains above Boulder, Camp Inc., is a unique Jewish overnight summer camp where participants develop community, confidence, leadership and Jewish identity through hands-on business and entrepreneurial experiences.



The camp has drawn 82 campers (all 7th to 12th graders) from 15 states as well as Canada and Israel. Camp Inc. kicked off its first session June 22 and wraps up its second session August 6th. During their time at Camp Inc., campers have learned a variety of business concepts - from branding to social media strategy. They also get to interact with local entrepreneurs (including venture capitalist Brad Feld) and visit such successful businesses as Inspirato and Cloud Elements. Participants apply their skills by forming teams to develop a specific product or service. At the culmination of each session, campers present their business ideas to a group of local investors and entrepreneurs.


The Stasko Agency has been working with Camp Inc. and its director Josh Pierce since the snow was still falling and we're happy to see the fruits of Pierce's labor. The camp's unique concept and its ambitious participants have attracted attention from both national and local media, including The  Huffington Post, Fox News,  Jewish Techs, The Jewish Week, Mashable, as well as The Denver Business Journal, 9News and the Daily Camera, which both sent reporters to Camp Inc. home base to capture the campers in action. You can watch the 9News story here and read the Daily Camera piece here. The Denver Business Journal also highlighted the camp on its website.



A program of the Boulder Jewish Community Center, Camp Inc. is founded by the Jim Joseph Foundation and AVI CHAI Foundation, in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp. Camp Inc. was competitively selected as part of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s esteemed Incubator II to receive both funding and mentorship to build the best Jewish overnight camp experience.

We are grateful to have helped the camp's successful launch and look forward to many years of happy campers.