We often get the question, “Why use a travel agent?” Over the years as online booking websites have become increasingly popular; travel agents have diminished in importance. And yet, we still exist and are used by a lot of people. In fact, there has been a surge in demand in recent years. So, we would have to ask, “Why not?”
We know the market and have access to hundreds of vendors.
We have access to deals and bulk buying options the individual consumer doesn’t.
Your time is valuable, and you shouldn’t have to spend it searching for the right vacation. Consumers spend an average of 20-40 hours researching and planning their vacation. It can be a very stressful adventure to put together every aspect of travel.
We are full service. It’s not just hotels, tours, flights, and cruises. We’ll let you know about insurance, passports, visas, excursions, events, customs and cultures, currency, and even weather.
We are your travel advocate throughout the process.
We’re free. The $700 cruise you just found on the internet is $700 or less if you use an agent. But the agent saved you time and stress, from the start and throughout your travel.
The Internet has made it easier to book your own travels, but with that comes informational overload. Travel planning is a time-consuming process. Why not let us take that stress off your shoulders and help you to plan your next dream vacation!
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
Ortho-Bionomy® is a highly effective system of bodywork based on a simple and profound philosophy: Allow the body to correct itself. The hallmark of Ortho-Bionomy® is pain relief.
The founder of Ortho-Bionomy®, British-Trained Osteopath Arthur Lincoln Pauls, discovered how to gently stimulate the body’s reflexes for self-correction in a way that supports a person’s own healing mechanisms.
The result is seemingly effortless pain and tension relief, natural re-alignment, relaxation and a deep sense of well-being.
Ortho-Bionomy® helps people break the cycle of pain – without causing pain. It is very effective for recovering from injuries, surgery and stress. It aids recovery by reducing muscle tension, soothing the joints, increasing flexibility and range of movement, improving circulation and relaxing the entire body.
Typically, most Ortho-Bionomy® sessions last approximately one hour. Comfortable, loose fitting clothing is suggested to allow a full range of motion. The practitioner works with you to identify areas of discomfort, tension and pain as well as areas of comfort and ease of movement. Gentle movements, comfortable positioning, brief compressions and subtle contacts are used.
No forceful movements or pressures are used. Every Ortho-Bionomy® session is specifically designed around your individual needs. Your practitioner will rely on your verbal feedback to find the techniques which best facilitate your body’s return to natural alignment. Typically, the relief of stress and tension can last for days after a session. Your practitioner may suggest self-care release techniques that you can continue at home. These self-care techniques further aid in relieving pain, restoring function and re-balancing the body.
Whether you are looking for relief from specific discomfort or a safe and effective way to ease stress and promote relaxation, Ortho-Bionomy® can be very beneficial. Ortho-Bionomy® is compatible with all healing systems. It is not a substitute for appropriate medical care, nutrition or exercise.
Offered by: Amanda Griffin / Griffimages – for Sonflower Ranch Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
As the human population grows along the Front Range, so does the occurrence of human and wildlife contact. As we expand development and move further into their habitats, wildlife gets pushed out, and that’s where organizations like SonFlower Ranch Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (SRWRC) come in. The mission of SRWRC is education and rehabilitation with the ultimate goal of peaceful coexistence of humans and wildlife.
In 2017 SRWRC founder Keith Gunn received his rehabilitator license with the help and sponsorship of Todd Creek resident, Carol Manaco. Since then, Keith along with his partner Michael King and their small team of dedicated volunteers, have taken in and rehabilitated more than two hundred animals. Keith’s dedication to rehabbing wildlife stems from his childhood fascination with wildlife which morphed into over four decades of interest and working around animals, including six years as a veterinary technician.
Today, SRWRC takes in young wildlife, left orphaned by trapping or death of mom, and then Keith and his team raise them until the animals are old enough to be released back into the wild in a new location. All of the animals, per Colorado Parks & Wildlife regulations, must be released within ten miles of where they were found, without any modifications such as chips or tags. Because of this stipulation, none of the animals can be tracked, but there are negotiations in place with Colorado Parks & Wildlife to hopefully be able to chip the rescued animals prior to release in the not too distant future. The purpose of this being so that the individual animals could be tracked and success rates could be properly documented. To date, SRWRC has released animals all over the Front Range area of Colorado.
In order to foster the rescued animals’ independence and ability to fend for themselves in the wild, Keith and his team must walk a very fine line of interaction and feeding process. First and foremost, once the animas are weaned from a bottle (if that step is necessary) human interaction is strictly limited, and the food provided will closely mimic the food the animals naturally forage for when they are on their own.
For anyone interested in supporting the work of SRWRC, the sheer amount of dog and cat food, as well as fruits and vegetables required to keep these rescued animals fed until they are ready to be released is both mind-blowing and expensive. SRWRC is always in need of, and very grateful to receive, donated bags of dog and cat food, as well as fruits and vegetables, even if they are a little past their prime. For those interested in volunteering, there is always room for help cleaning out cages, while more hands-on interaction with the animals requires an appropriate rabies vaccine – which can be quite expensive.
To help support the work of the wildlife rescue operation, Keith and Michael also run SonFlower Ranch (www.SonflowerRanch.com), a wonderful animal haven and working ranch and stables. The ranch is available for events, stabling, and family outings. SonFlower Ranch holds Spring and Fall festivals, as well as regular visitation hours. In addition, they offer their own line of handcrafted natural soaps, lotions, aromatics, oils as well as farm fresh eggs and locally gathered honey and beeswax lip balm. The entrance fees, product sales, and funds from a variety of fundraising activities help support the wildlife rehab center and also provide education and educational resources to the general public to raise awareness and teach techniques for proper handling of human and wildlife conflicts.
For more info on SRWRC or SonFlower ranch, please visit on-line at: www.SonFlowerRanch.com
Big Choice was founded in 2012. In 2017, we relocated from Broomfield to 21 S. 1st Ave. in Brighton. Set in a renovated Buddhist temple built in 1940, we brew a wide variety of delicious beers and make mouthwatering artisan pizza. The family-friendly environment of the temple provides a casual setting with customers being able to order at the bar, take a relaxing seat, and have a runner deliver their pizza and beer with minimal wait.
In the Summer of 2018, Big Choice Brewing added a pizza kitchen. With artisan-style pizzas, salads, and starters, the focus was primarily on the afternoon and dinner crowd. Based on demand, we expanded into lunchtime service on March 4th of this year.
Lunchtime service includes the expansion of the menu, offering special pricing, sandwiches, chips, salads, and additional non-alcoholic drinks for those not able to enjoy a beer earlier in the day. Just like the pizza dough, the sandwich bread is made from scratch and is absolutely delicious. In addition to a lunch menu, the full regular menu is offered all day, every day.
Not only do we serve fantastic beer and pizza, we pride ourselves as being a strong partner in the community by supporting nonprofits like The Richard Lambert Foundation and Ripbeams and participating in events such as Summerfest, the 4th of July Celebration and the Parade of Lights. We are so thankful to be part of such a wonderful community like Brighton.
If you enjoy beer and pizza, we have options for every type of beer drinker and pizza lover. Choose wisely.
Thollot Diamonds And Fine Jewelry Helping Colorado Say “I Do” With ‘Buy One Get One 50% Off” During Wedding Band Weekend!
Offered by: Thollot Jewelers
Thornton, CO – For the first time this year, Colorado grooms and brides-to-be can find the wedding bands of their dreams at unbelievable pricing. With the special offer of buy one get one 50% off, future newlyweds can choose from one of the largest selections of wedding bands in the state from June 27th through June 29th. In addition to this great offer from Thollot Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, Colorado-Couples can take advantage of 12 month interest free financing with approved credit on any purchases during their Wedding Band Weekend event.
Also announced during the event will be this year’s winners of the Thollot Couple of the Year Contest. The winning couple will be given a $1,000 shopping spree at Thollot and have their photo featured on Thollot advertisements! If you did not enter this year, purchasing your wedding bands at Thollot during the event and sharing your love or proposal story on the Thollot Facebook page with #ThollotCouple will qualify you to be a part of next year’s contest.
As couples begin another summer of hiking, climbing, and camping, they can also enjoy a wedding band shopping experience found only in Colorado at Thollot’s Wedding Band Weekend event. Visit Thollot Diamonds and Fine Jewelry for a wedding band event designed to match couples with the bands they’ll love.
For more information or any questions, please contact: Thollot Jewelers at (303) 280-3374 or visit: thollotjewelers.com
Offered by: John Wilson, B.S., BC-HIS – Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center
Blue Ribbon Hearing and Tinnitus Center will be closed from June 4th to June 14th. We will reopen June 17th for business as usual. We will be returning calls periodically during that time, so please leave us a message. When we return, we will be happily providing all of our normal services including hearing testing, tinnitus evaluations and ear wax removal as well as complimentary consultations and second opinions. In the meantime, the following is a true story of an experience I had several years ago who initially thought she did not have a very serious hearing problem and constantly argued with her daughter about wearing her hearing aids.
The patient called very upset that she was hearing a terribly irritating high-pitched beep coming from her hearing aids. She explained that she tried several times replacing batteries and cleaning the devices but every time she put them in her ears, she would continue to hear the irritating intermittent beep. She was adamant she needed to get in immediately for me to fix the problem with her devices, but could not drive so she called her daughter for a ride. We made some schedule adjustments and scheduled her for an appointment a couple of hours later.
About 45 minutes before her appointment I received a call from her daughter. She apologized for her mother’s impatience and explained that she would not be bringing her in. Instead, she said, she was going to the store to buy a new battery for the smoke detector that was emitting a shrill beep, which her mother could only hear when she was wearing her hearing aids. Her mother then got on the phone and sheepishly apologized and admitted that she realized her hearing aids were helping much more than she previously thought.
Following that experience the patient apologized because she previously had been defiant with her daughter and other family members because she did not think her hearing problem was “that bad.” Afterward she began wearing her hearing aids more regularly and finally realized how much she had been missing.
Thank goodness we’re finally going to have a chance to enjoy some spectacular Colorado Summer weather! If you put it in print, it’s got to be true! Right? Let’s hope this positive view will produce the warm days, longer daylight hours and many good times Summer 2019.
By the time this issue arrives, the kids should be out of school and glad for their summer vacation. There are lots of activities to look into in the Kids’ Corner of the magazine. If you’re planning on moving, now would be a great time to enter the market. We’ve got some very talented realtors in these pages to help you find that new home of your dreams. This is also the perfect time to create your outdoor living environment to spend time with family and friends in the comfort of your own back yard. In reality, you can find just about anything you need to facilitate your life, enjoy entertainment, and have a June to remember!
Last, but not least, June brings us a time to celebrate the Fathers in our lives. Don’t forget that June 16th is Father’s Day this year and be sure to plan to show them how much they mean to you.
Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Fun In The Sun To You This June!
If your kids enjoy learning, playing hard and spending time in the great outdoors, then our Bird Camps are for them!
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies offers year round camp experiences for kids ages 4-17. All camps are about getting kids outside to have fun and explore nature while making friends, developing leadership skills and gaining insights into their relationships with themselves, others and the world around them. Camp content and activities are designed in a progression to introduce young children to the outdoors and build their skills over time.
Offered by: Scott & Lora Nordby – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Not even the bomb cyclone or the extended winter has stopped the real estate market from coming back to life this spring. While most people know that there is seasonal variability in real estate, the statistics supporting this spring selling season are encouraging. According to DMAR, purchases of houses and condos were up 20 percent from February, and inventory increased 26.3 percent from a year ago.
It remains a seller’s market in every price range, but the key is to work with a REALTOR® who can create a strategy with you to sell your home for the best price in the shortest amount of time. Here are 4 tips to consider when you put your home on the market:
Choose a REALTOR® that works for you. You’ll want someone who can walk you through their marketing plan for your home. Ask if they have sold other homes in your price range, what their sold to listing price ratio is, as well as how many days it spent on the market. This will give you a good idea of your potential success.
Do Your Part, Too. Your REALTOR® can’t do everything, though. It’s up to you to keep the landscaping up, and the house tidy and uncluttered. If you are uncertain about what to do, ask about working with a professional stager to guide your choices on maximizing the appeal of your home.
Consider Small or Large Improvements. If fixing or updating some items can increase the price you ultimately sell for, you may want to make that investment. Small improvements that can cost $500-$2000 can add a lot to the final number. Ask your REALTOR® how to get the most for your investment and make those improvements before your home hits the market.
Price. Is. Everything. The first few weeks of your listing are critical to selling your home. People who see your listing when it first comes on the market have probably already been shopping for a little while, which means they are serious and ready to buy. After three weeks, people who are viewing your listing are likely new shoppers. Pricing your home correctly means that you have the most interest right away, which will capitalize on the needs of the buyers, who (if they’re still shopping) are getting antsy to find their home.
If you have questions, or if you’re ready to sell your home, give us a call! We’d be happy to answer any questions and get you moving this spring! Call us today at 303.638.6229.
Offered by: Susan Chavez – Richard Lambert Foundation
Have you experienced the death of a loved one? Loss is painful. The grieving process often involves many difficult and complicated emotions. Sorting through all of the emotions while learning to adjust to life without a loved one can make it difficult for one to handle on their own. Richard Lambert Foundation provides comprehensive grief support, serving children and adults in our community experiencing the death of a loved one. Our programs and services provide ways for people to share, heal and grow in times of loss. RLF programs will help the bereaved navigate through those emotions and find their way to hope and to purposely live again. Grief is a lifelong process and everyone should have access to grief care and support.
Richard Lambert Foundation was founded by Jaime and Susan Chavez after the death of their son in 2012. The Chavez’s found there was a great need for affordable and accessible grief support in communities. The Grief Center has since provided grief support to 534 individuals living with loss.
Our annual Golf Tournament is a fun day with prizes, friendly competition, lunch, and this year an opportunity to win a 24 month lease on a 2019 Land Rover Discovery SE Sport made possible by our friend at Land Rover Flatirons. You can help bring hope after loss by participating in Richard Lambert Foundation’s 2nd Annual Golf Charity Classic on June 14, 2019. Proceeds from this event will provide free grief support programs and services to local children, adults, and families. For more information about Richard Lambert Foundation, sponsorship opportunities or the Golf Tournament please call: 720-408-8417 or visit our website at www.richardlambertfoundation.org/golf-tournament