Happy almost Thanksgiving! Last Wednesday I hosted the November Ladies Night Out Networking Event. It was a full house, tons of fun, great vendors and... it was the day after "The Election". I wanted to drive people away from that and get their minds on a different track! I had a table set up with these "Today I am thankful for_____________" cards as well as Thank You cards so the guests could write someone a Thank You card! It was a hit. I received so many positive comments from everyone stating how lovely they thought it was and how much they appreciated it.
I chose some of my favorite responses from the groups answers! Here they are!
With all of the negativity surrounding us everyday, choose the HAPPY! What are YOU thankful for today?
Veterans Day is Friday, November 11, 2016! Do you know the true meaning behind Veterans Day?
It is a public holiday which is held on the anniversary of the end of World War I to honor US veterans and all victims of war. Read about the history here:
Thank you for your service to this country.
If you are a Veteran, or have one in your life... Here is a long list of fun places that are offering some cool deals to honor and show their support On Friday, November 11th:
On Saturday, 11/12/16 - The Colorado Veterans Project ( http://coloradoveteransproject.org/ or
https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoVeteransProject ) is hosting the Denver Veterans Day Parade and Festival! This family-friendly event offers FREE admission, a music stage, kids & family activities, military displays, tons of vendors, and a wide variety of food. The Parade & Festival serves as a celebratory “Thank You” to our Veterans who have fought to ensure our freedoms. Visit their event page to RSVP and follow the festivities!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1448787868467944 or https://www.facebook.com/DVD5K/
On Sunday, 11/13/16 - The Colorado Veterans Project is also hosting the Denver Veterans Day Run! The 8th Annual Denver Veterans Day Run is a memorial 5K & 10K fun run starting at Denver's scenic City Park. Recognized as “Denver’s Run for Veterans Day” by Mayor Michael Hancock, this fun run is open to runners, joggers, walkers, kids of all ages, and dogs are always welcome. The route takes runners through the beautiful City Park running trails in downtown Denver.
The mission of the Denver Veterans Day Run is to celebrate and show support of our Veterans and their untiring efforts on Veterans Day weekend.
The Denver Veterans Day Run event begins at 8:00 AM and ends by 10:15 AM. With registration for the Denver Veterans Day Run you will receive an exclusive race day T-shirt and finisher's medal.
Visit the event page to register and for more info: http://www.denverveteransday.com/run
You can also watch the Channel 9 news story from this morning, featuring Michelle Marie King with the Colorado Veterans Project and Staff Sergeant Time Chambers:
Leading ladies: McKenzie Reifschneider DC on her growing business and becoming medically integrated
Meet McKenzie Reifschneider. With a welcoming smile that will light up the room, it is very apparent that she is one of the main driving forces behind a local Chiropractic office that has grown, exponentially, in the past few years. She opened her practice in 2006 and has been in love with her job ever since!
McKenzie has 2 sweet Italian Greyhounds, Stella and Sophia (who I have personally met and they are the cutest!) and enjoys every aspect of life! She is an all around happy gal with an amazingly positive presence, a great listener and so fun to be around. I love her energy and willingness to help. She is truly a go-getter! Find out what drives her below.
Describe yourself in three words:
Confident, genuine, and caring
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today:
I knew I had such unique ideas on treating patients, I wanted to be different, I wanted a different type of practice...that entailed me starting my own clinic. Once I had the idea, there was no backing down. I am an extremist at heart, I go full hilt... I wanted to make waves in the Chiropractic/Physical Therapy profession. I work between 50-65 hours per week, I have always worked long days, but with a large staff it is necessary to keep everyone on the same page.
Our clinic is an integrative health group providing Interventional Pain Management, Sports Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Therapeutic Massage, Functional Personal Training and Craniosacral Therapy. We provide a range of healthcare services including yearly physicals (including bloodwork and images), muscle trigger point and large joint injections, IV therapies (hydration, immunity, weight loss), Active Release and Graston Techniques (specialized soft tissue treatments), Functional Dry Needling, Spinal Decompression, Personal Training, and Gait Analysis.
Keeping positive is easy when you are passionate about your career, but there is one quote that always rings true, "Begin each day with a decision to be happy". You make your own happiness...
What are your professional goals for the next six months?:
Within the next 6 months we will continue to perfect the transition into a medical group of my south office. We will continue to mentor our north office staff and employees as well as begin to develop a plan on our third (downtown Denver) office.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?:
Owning two offices and two businesses, one of them becoming a medically integrated clinic with multiple practitioners.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?:
I began college preparing to enter medical school, changing my professional career my senior year.
I would still like to attempt medical school, specifically a plastic surgeon.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?:
For me personally, the key is to rise early in the morning and exercise, it gives you energy for the entire work day. By 6pm you are finished with your workday, you have squeezed in some exercise and you have the evening hours to spend socially.
What websites do you visit every day?:
Mercola.com (for quick pieces of medical info), The Daily Skimm (to have a small idea of what is going on in the world on a daily basis), PubMed (try to read one or two research articles daily) and of course Google!
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?:
Amal Alamuddin (currently obsessed, she is literally changing women's lives and changing the world we live in), ClassPass (what a great idea!), Physical Dimensions (my office..my heart and soul built our practice, it really is one of my favorite places)
What is your goal for retirement?:
I never plan on completely retiring as I love what I do, but I do plan to work less hours. I hope to one day own/manage a pro bono women's only clinic that provides services to those in need, this would be a wonderful retirement project to keep me busy!
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?:
Jump with both feet it, but remember build slow. Don't spend all of your capital money on the aesthetics, material items, equipment or product right from the start...spend time building relationships and save the money for those first six months of no salary. Then begin to purchase things for your business as clients begin to increase...slow and steady.
Any final comments?:
A recent news article reported that women will eventually earn as much as men in the work world in 2059...lets make it sooner!
To make an appointment with McKenzie and Physical Dimensions IHG:
Sometime in the early 1950's, David Fistell purchased a large brick warehouse building on the corner of 10th and Bannock in Denver, Co.
This location would soon become the new home for Fistell's Electronic Supply Co. and would be the #1 place in town to buy parts for anything in the world of Electronics.
Tomorrow, 10/22/16, I get to see the newly restored, developed and rebuild on this incredible historical Denver building... Here is the Past, Present and Future of it all.
I was born in 1981 and spent my childhood and teen years in this building! Why?
Because David Fistell was my Grandfather (maternal side) and my Uncles, one of my Aunts and my Mom all worked there to keep this local, family business afloat.
In addition to my relatives, there were a couple dozen other employees that were staples in that business and the regulars would come by just to chat and visit.
I remember playing in my Grandfathers office, in their back break room area and playing hide and seek with my cousins in the basement between rows and rows of dusty file cabinets that held instruction books on how to repair tube television sets from the 1950's.
As I grew older, I helped my mom work in the front office, over the summers.
I would ring the customers up and learned how to count change back to them.
I learned about customer service, accounting and some basic clerical skills.
And... as I grew older, technology started to peek it's face around the corner into this electronic realm that hadn't changed too much over the last few decades.
Tube TV's phased out.
Fuses and resistors were starting to be a thing of the past.
Radio's with fuzzy, glittery speaker covers and manual dials looked lonely and abandoned as CD's made their way into the 90's. Not to mention the amazing, perfectly built, strong wooden vinyl record players that hadn't been touched for some time.
While the world evolved and technology matured, this electronics business tried to keep up with adding some trendy items and new parts, but soon Best Buy and Radio Shack were the new Electronic Stores and Fistell's was a place that people would go to find parts to restore their old "retro" electronic outfits.
My Grandfather passed away in 2002, when he was 87 years old. My Uncles, Howard and Mark, and my Aunt Darlene decided to keep the business running and did so for another decade.
All of the siblings and their estate attorney made a hard decision to sell the building, it's history and all of it's contents.
This is where the treasure hunt started!
All of us in the Fistell family went through the building, isle by isle...floor by floor (3 story brick warehouse... it took us weeks!) and found some really incredible relics from this 100+ year old building and 60 year old business.
Old TV's, antique reel projectors, radios, part boxes, computers, tv tube cases (imagine an over-sized caboodle that held a giant glass tube!), all different shapes and sizes of crazy cool light bulbs... and so many other things that were so foreign to me.
But... the part that I LOVE is knowing that these parts and boxes, tubes and gears and giant metal machines that I haven't ever seen in my life... they have been around for a very long time.
They have a life of their own, a story and a purpose. Sometime in the past 60 years, these things were created and used and handled and they were needed. They thrived in their day and time.
I feel the same about old magazines and newspapers, but that story and obsession is for another day.
Once we started digging around, wiping the layers of dust and years away from these isles... it became very real and very apparent that the life, love and history in this building was still there. It had just been hiding and had been put away for awhile.
Eventually, a couple of wholesale buyers came in and brought trucks and trucks to fill with their top picks from the 60's, 70's and 80's.
We had an "estate sale" for all of the local, Denver Natives to come find a couple of fun things to keep for themselves and to essentially say their Goodbyes.
For this industry and these local collectors... it was truly an end to an era that will never be replicated. It will only continue to live in the treasures we've kept, the photos we have taken and the memories we have.
So, what happens to old buildings that get abandoned and sold? Well, for this old building... it has a pretty cool future.
After my Fistell family sold the building, I drove by every few months to see what the new owners were doing with it. They peeled away the exterior blue paint, which served as a descriptive landmark for people trying to find Fistell's Electronics. They exposed the original brick (LOVE!), opened up more window space (see the difference between original windows on the left and the new opening on the right?)... and they started building an additional floor! The building already had a basement, main level and the 2nd level. Come to find out.... this new top level would be an amazing outdoor patio and conference area.
I constantly had to stop myself from interrogating the construction workers for information as to what was happening, being built, planned for... I wanted to know everything.
Which, let's be honest... that is totally not unusual for me.
So, present time... on 10/10/16, I get a call from my Mom. I am on my way to Denver for a meeting to schedule the location for my December Ladies Night Out event.
My mom tells me that she went by "the building" (as we have always called it), she talked to one of the sales guys and they let her look around inside for a second and she was pretty much speechless.
I decided to make a pit stop by the building on my way home as well.
I am not a very shy or reserved person... so walking up to what use to be my playground was definitely not something I was hesitant about.
What we used to consider to be the front door, was locked. I looked in and saw an amazing reception area, elegantly lit up with modern light fixtures and some pretty hip furniture. I knocked on the door and started questioning if I should impose. A nice contractor stopped his work and let me in, directing me to the "sales office", towards the side of the building where my moms "front office" used to be.
I didn't really know what to say or do other than stand there, in the walkway, in awe of what they transformed this building into. It was everything I ever wished I could do to that building and more.
I always envisioned/dreamt/wished I had the money and skills to restore that building into private studio work-spaces for artists with a bakery and store front and library in it.
However, I didn't win the lottery that year... so I had to let it go and watch someone else do it.
And they did it!
I really didn't know what "the building" was going to be used for, until I walked in that afternoon.
I had heard it would be an office building (boring...) or a conference center (boring...) but this... what I was not standing in the middle of, was soooo not boring.
I met a gentleman at the front and introduced myself, telling him a shorter version of everything you've read above. He graciously walked me through the building, showing me some really cool things that they kept from the "stuff", for lack of a better term, that was left behind in the building.
After he showed me around all of the areas, he let me know that the Grand Opening was on 10/22/2016 at 7PM and that they would love it if my family and I attended.
"The Building" is now called Shift Workspaces. They have individual studio offices, an open floor co-work space, conference rooms and the new rooftop patio. Their GRAND OPENING is tomorrow night and it is going to be so fun!
It is open to the public and is going to be an amazing party!! I will be there to say "hello" to their new home that was once ours. Come with me, say hi and find a purpose to hang in this spot now that you know what it used to be once upon a time.
Click here to RSVP and check them out!
Here are some current photos of what the building looks like now. AMAZING! I will post a follow up story about the party with photos and hopefully, lots of details about the fun we had!
xoxo - Leah
I am choosing to only focus on happy things these days and removing all of the crazy negativity from this world from my peripheral view!
Let's start with last Friday! Last Friday (10/14/16) was our October Ladies Night Out Event! It was so much fun. We had about a dozen featured businesses that the crowd seemed to really enjoy! Not to mention some pretty awesome Swag Bags that we gave away! One of my favorite things in life is to help people grow their businesses and find new, creative ways to find success! Our fun monthly Ladies Night Out events are the perfect platform to network yourself and your business, see new faces and make new friends!
Make sure to RSVP for our November event here:
Now, let's talk about this Indian Summer we are having here in Colorado! 86 degrees this past weekend!
We drove through Greenwood Village and along the Dam Road next to Cherry Creek Reservoir on Sunday. There were dozens of water skiers, boaters and people playing in the sun and water. It felt like July! However, with the red, gold and yellow leaves everywhere... we were quickly reminded that Fall is truly on our heels.
Along with Fall... comes Pumpkin EVERYTHING, Halloween, Football, Tailgating, BBQ's and a whole new fun wardrobe to keep warm (if we ever cool down... tick tock Mother Nature!).
I found some fun recipes online for Double Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Energy Balls and for Mississippi Pot Roast in the Corck pot and cannot wait to make them this week!
Here they are for you to enjoy as well!
Courtesy of the Country Cook!
CROCK POT MISSISSIPPI POT ROAST
8 hours 10 mins
Author: The Country Cook
You can skip the browning step if you are in a rush, or just don’t feel like it. If you prefer, you can cut up the peppers and stir those into the meat mixture for an extra kick of flavor.
Serve with mashed potatoes.
Courtesy of CleanFoodCrush - http://cleanfoodcrush.com/double-pumpkin-energy-balls/
Double Pumpkin + Dark Chocolate Energy BallsIngredients
Now... I am off to make a cup of my favorite Mountain Chai tea and get some more work done.
Happy Monday, Everyone! Hope to see you on 11/9/16!
Today is National Taco Day (ON TACO TUESDAY!) and several places are celebrating with some fun and special offers! These all sound so good! If you know of any other deals, please comment below and let us know!
Fuzzy's Taco Shop
Enjoy National Taco Day with $1 tacos at your local Fuzzy's Taco Shop. Excluded California Heat, shrimp and fajita tacos. Dine in only. Valid at participating locations.
Rubio's is celebrating National Taco Day by offering its Original Fish Taco for $1.75 all day. Thanks to Karen for this tip!
Green Leaf's Beyond Great Salads
Green Leaf's name may feature salads, but the restaurant is giving away one free Baja Street Taco per guest, with any $5 purchase, on Tuesday. Thanks to Michelle for this tip.
Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday, including National Taco Day, at Del Taco. Get 3 value tacos for $1.29 from 3-11 p.m. at participating Del Tacos.
On The Border
Visit On The Border Tuesday for 50¢ mini tacos!
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I know I am a little bananas when it comes to the season upon us... FALL! I love everything about it! The air is so cool and crisp in the morning, It smells fresh and dewy. The foods, the sweaters and super cute boots. FOOTBALL! Pumpkin Patches, Apple Cider and fall baking.
Plus... it also means that Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner!
Make sure to follow our page on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/DenverHousewives ) so you can come support local businesses at out monthly Girls Night Out events! Get some Holiday shopping done and meet some new girlfriends!
Now... which one of these should I cross off my Fall Bucket List first?
One of my favorite things to do during the Summer months is visit Farmer's Markets!
I have one in my local town of Parker, Colorado and it is incredible!
Breakfast burritos, fresh and locally sourced honey, artisan cheeses, homemade jams and jellies, clothing boutiques and all of the vegetables and flowers that your heart desires!
As the warmer months wind down, these crisp September mornings show Autumn's face making me crave hoodies, a nice fire and cuddling up with a blanket and a great book!
But...Fear not, Summer-Lovers! We have a few weeks left of warmth here in Colorado and at least a few more weeks of fun Farmer's Markets! Grab some goodies and get out in your community to support local businesses!
Click here to find your local market or a new one to visit!
Photo Credit: www.colorado.com
Denver has provided plenty of joy to the foodies out there in the past couple years. This fall, we will not be let down with all of the new delectable treats that will be presenting themselves!
Zagat's came up with a fantastic list of these spots for us to all drool over while we wait for the doors to open!
Click on the link below and let the drooling commence. Let us know which ones you are most excited about! Personally, I cannot wait for Ocean to Plate! Their Lobster Bliss food truck is... Blissful.
Hi There! I am Leah Ryan, Lead Publisher and Social Media + Event Coordinator for Housewives in the City here in Denver, Colorado! I have lived in Colorado my entire life, born and raised. My family has some deep Colorado roots and I am fascinated with anything related to Colorado History!
I love to spend time with my boyfriend, cook, read, use my creativity in every aspect possible and if there is a puppy around... that is where my attention will be! Please come introduce yourself to me if you see me out and about and especially at one of our monthly Ladies Night Out events! XOXO - Leah