Mindy Bryant and her husband own Edge Optics in Fort Collins. Edge Optics is a hip, local Eye Care Clinic in Fort Collins! They are located right across from CSU campus, and near Old Town on College and Laurel. Edge Optics unique eye care practice offers handpicked eyeglasses, awesome sunglasses, and sport-specific eyewear for any activity. They also love catering to kids! Edge Optics has the coolest kids’ area in Fort Collins with games, books and movies! Mindy is a CSU ram and loves Fort Collins!
Fun Fact: Mindy has over 10 pairs of sunglasses so that every outfit can be perfectly paired with glamorous shades.
Describe yourself in three words:
Tenacious, goofy, dynamic
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Public Relations Director, Novelist, Event Planner, National Geographic Photographer (Ok, that might be a long-shot)
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
-Maintain a positive, happy, productive staff through bonding and consistency.
-Implement staff exercise breaks and positive reinforcement bonuses, as well as fine tune our training process.
-Update the 2017 marketing budget
-Give away at least 5 pairs of complete glasses and eye exams through Edge Optics Scholarship Program
-Revamp website and ecommerce site
-Reach at least 20 more local businesses with our free vision benefit package
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Keeping my marriage and two children alive as long as I have!! No, really though...it's been freaking hard and a small miracle. Ha! I guess my more polished response would be having the ability to give back to local organizations in imaginative ways. It is rewarding and so fun! I love thinking outside of the box and making a difference.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I try really hard to block off time for exercise, fun, and family bonding. My husband and I have a date night almost EVERY SINGLE WEEK!! Even when we were broke, I made sure to follow-through with it. It has enriched and saved our relationship. I make sure to put down my phone when I'm with my family. I play hard with our kids! We go outside as much as possible which really helps balance life. I also only work part-time at Edge Optics. When I'm there or working, I make sure to put 110% into it so that I can leave feeling proud and accomplished. Then when I'm at home I put 110% into my family and maintaining the home.
What websites do you visit every day?
Including apps? Facebook, Instagram, Entrepreneur Magazine, BBC, Evernote....I'm sure there's more....
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
1. Biking everywhere, especially for family outings and date nights. 2. My husband and I love food so we enjoy progressive dinners together.....apps at Jax, Dinner at Fish, Dessert at Ace Gillett's, etc. 3. We spend a lot of time hiking and walking the trails.
What is your goal for retirement?
To be healthy, happy, well-traveled and full of life and adventure! I hope to be that crazy old lady that's buying art in France after skydiving in the Swiss Alps, and always with a glass of champagne in my hand...
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Make sure you are very passionate about your company or product, AND your values before you begin. Hone in on your purpose for your particular endeavor and stick to that. People can sense authenticity. Being honest and real will be the difference. Don't take yourself too seriously, though. Make a plan and JUMP IN with two feet! If you fail, who cares. Life is about taking risks.
Any final comments?
I LOVE meeting new people, connecting to women, and feeling a sense of sisterhood in my community. Collectively, women are a badass powerhouse!! We need to stick together!
Come visit Mindy and get some quality eye care for you and your family!
Edge Optics Eye Exams and Unique Eyewear
706 S. College Avenue Suite 101
Fort Collins, CO 80524
HOURS OF OPERATIONS:
Monday-Friday: 9-6 pm
Saturday: 10-3 pm
It is so wonderful to travel and see so many loved ones...both family and friends. This past Thanksgiving, we were blessed to travel to 3 different States and stay with 4 different families/friends. Coming home from this trip we are filled with so much love and joy. We also came home with some new must haves for our kitchen!
Have you ever stayed with a friend or family member and discover a new item you MUST have for your kitchen, bathroom, house, or just a new gadget? We were exposed to some items that we have seen before in catalogs or stores but actually getting to use them stepped up the game and they are now en route to our home.
We are now proud new owners of a pasta maker and ceramic pots and pans. I am telling you, these pots and pans are so smooth to cook on and the pasta maker is like a bread machine for pasta! Our kitchen game is about to step it up a notch or two.
So thank you to all our friends and family, we loved all the time we were able to spend with you. Also thank you for introducing us to these new awesome favorites! There were a few new games we played too that will soon become a part of the “party” game line up. All I can say is ‘saran wrap’ for days!
Photo credits and product links:
Philips pasta maker- Williams-Sonoma
Pots and Pans- Kohls
Before you jump online and start browsing your favorite go to sites to shop at, consider starting local. There are unique and individualized gift ideas highlighted in this #shoplocal Northern Colorado gift guide. These gifts are either locally-made or locally-sold and great for any occasion.
Clothing and Accessories
Happy Boholiday Housewives! One for them and two for you #giftyourself - This season we are wishing for statement pieces for our holiday styles!
More than a love of fashion, it’s a drive to help women cultivate and embrace their own personal style that is at the root of RusticThread. We scour the fashion world to find affordable “just right” pieces, whether it's an up-to-the-minute statement piece or a classic wardrobe staple. Our collection is carefully selected to include quality pieces that can be added to a growing wardrobe with a focus on fit, style, fabrication, color and lifestyle.
RusticThread strives to be a destination where women can find fashion forward styles and the casual essentials every wardrobe needs, all at an affordable price.
1 Old Town Square
Fort Collins, Co 80401
LulaRoe with Brenna Williams
LuLaRoe is fun, fashionable, comfortable and professional clothing in ladies' sizes 0-26 and kids' sizes 2-12. What makes us unique is our company-designed limited fabrics. No more than 5000 pieces are ever made from a roll of our fabrics, making each piece an individual, hard-to-find treasure! If you see something you love, grab it, you may never see that print in the style you like ever again! Find us on Facebook at LuLaRoe Brenna Williams to schedule your personal shopping appointment, book a show, or to shop our inventory. Over 900 pieces to choose from! Be sure to follow our page for our 12 days of giveaways starting in December!
FB: LuLaRoe Brenna Williams
Lemons and Lace Boutique
Lemons & Lace Boutique is the newest contemporary women’s boutique to open up in Fort Collins, where ageless is the demographic. L&L is a one stop shop offering everything from women’s apparel, to footwear, children’s clothing, accessories, artwork, home + gift, and athleisure wear! Our vision is to offer affordability without comprising style. Lemons & Lace is the perfect go-to shop for a last minute “night out on the town look”, for women looking to update their wear to work wardrobe, or just a comfy lazy Sunday outfit. L&L offers fun, playful pieces, or your sophisticated, simple staple items that every girl should have in their closets. Lemons & Lace keeps their shop fresh, new and unique by receiving the latest and greatest product weekly, come check out this adorable new boutique!
Lemons & Lace Boutique
4431 Corbett Dr. #100
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Facebook: Lemons & Lace Boutique
Sweet Treats and Designs
"We are cake creators. We love everything about a celebration, from a simple gathering to the intimate details of a wedding. Our goal is simple. Deliver the freshest and best tasting cakes around. All of our ingredients are top quality, organic and locally sourced whenever possible.
We are artists. Whether its decorating a cake or hand drawn custom artwork for your home or celebration, we are passionate about creating beautiful designs. We enjoy exploring new mediums and how our love for baking have intertwined with our desires to create captivating art.
We pour our hearts into everything we do and give you and your moment the attention it deserves.”
20% off purchase of $30 or more- Cake and Cupcakes orders
20% off purchase of $10 or more- Illustrations on Etsy site JunePoppiesDesigns. Discount Code: FCHITC
Expires December 31st 2016
Etsy Site: JunePoppiesDesigns
Phone #: 970-414-7227
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Health and Wellness
Stephanie Arnold Fitness
The average American gains 8-10 points this time of year. Whoa! Don't wanna undo the work you put in this year? Don't want to start the New Year off with MORE weight to lose? But also can't justify spending money on yourself during the holidays? No problem! I have totally been there before!
Stephanie Arnold Fitness wants to help you THRIVE this holiday season. So Refuse To Sink (RTS) this year and get the support you need by joining our FREE virtual RTS girls fit community group. Here we host monthly mini challenges to help start your success and build great healthy habits.
Join our FREE fit community, click here.
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AdvoCare makes the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for everyone on your list, whether they are interested in promoting overall wellness, improving fitness and sports performance, increasing energy levels, or losing weight. And don’t forget yourself! Everyone can use some extra energy around the holidays, and Spark will give you that extra boost by providing more than 20 vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in 10 delicious flavors. Or if you feel like making a change in the New Year, check out AdvoCare’s 24 Day Challenge for overall wellness and weight loss!
Contact Info: Kamerie Harris- Advocare
for more information on products
or to check off everyone on your list this holiday season.
Creations Earth, LLP
Creations Earth is a new local art business with multiple artists that produces an array of custom quality works. This includes but is not limited to painting, woodworking, stone sculptures and landscape stone work.
We have made multiple specialty items for the holiday season and are offering 25% of all stone work through February. We also have one available custom water fountain at 50% off!
Contact Us: 865-405-3996 and 970-308-4771.
Check us out on Facebook: @CreationsEarthLLP
Visit our Etsy site: @CreationsEarthLLP
Rodan + Fields
Your face is the first thing you show to the world, and your appearance often directly influences how you feel about yourself on the inside. When you know you look your best, you feel confident, and project that confidence outwardly. That’s why the Doctors created Rodan + Fields Multi-Med Therapy; skincare designed to deliver the right medicines, in the right formulations, in the right order to transform skin to look the best and brightest it has ever looked – without a prescription and a trip to the doctor’s office. Thankfully you control 80% of your skin's destiny. Our regimens help you address your skin concerns and overcome environmental aggressors to achieve visible life-changing results.
Amanda Starr- Rodan + Fields
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Younique is a high quality, natural makeup line that encourages both inner and outer beauty, and also providing opportunities for personal growth and financial rewards! Want to treat yourself and give back for the Holidays? The founders of Younique wanted to share their success and help others. In 2014, they were able to open The Younique Foundation which helps women who have suffered from sexual abuse. The foundation provides a retreat for women to go and receive treatment and healing from their traumatic experiences. From every sale that is made, portions go to The Younique foundation. So when you buy our makeup you are TRULY helping UPLIFT, EMPOWER & VALIDATE women everyone. Be Younique!!
Are you coming to the Girls Night Out Networking + Social event at Intersect Brewing on November 15th from 5:30-8:30pm? Check out the Facebook event page and don't forget to register for your FREE ticket- intersectbrewinggno.eventbrite.com
HERE'S THE INSIDE SCOOP
We are one week away from this awesome event. ONE WEEK! We'll open the doors at 5:30, try to get there early, because our first fifty guests at Intersect Brewing will be given a ticket redeemable for one of our SWAG Bags! Yay!
Intersect has beer, of course and other wonderful thirst quenchers. Rebel Popcorn will be doing popcorn tastings and Dunkin Donuts will have donut cake displays that will also be open for enjoyment by attendees.
I will be raffling off a FREE growler and growler fill as well as an awesome T-Shirt from Intersect Brewing. I will also be giving away a gift certificate to Rustic Thread- a super cute boutique in Old Town. You can enter these giveaways at registration, just fill out our cards with your name and email or drop your business card in to be entered.
Around 6:30 PM it's time to collect the SWAG Bags! Bring me your ticket back to claim your bag!
A few of our featured vendors will be hosting their own giveaways too! They are in charge of their own giveaways, and you can find out about them by visiting their tables! You won't want to miss out on these!
I've lined up some great vendors for you guys this time! Take a second and check them all out!
Kristin Sedillo Rodan + Fields
Nia Hill and Meadow Trail with Keep Collective
Sarah Gonopolskiy with LulaRoe
Cameron Stapleton with Dunkin Donuts
Elizabeth Solley with Rebel Popcorn
Becky Mustacchio with Direct Screening Chiropractic
Jessica Hollowwa with Creations Earth, LLP
Joseph Zastrow with Thrivent Financial
Our event will be captured by the talented Erin Nicole Photography. She will be present at the event taking candid shots as well as group photos. So if you see her, grab her and ask her to capture your group of girlfriends. Photos will be posted on facebook after the event. Check out her work at Erin Nicole Photography.
I am so excited to share that we are partnering with Fort Collins Rescue Mission for this event. To support the Rescue Mission, please bring canned goods. We are hosting a Thanksgiving canned food drive and connecting the following canned goods:
Canned cranberry sauce
Boxed mashed potatoes
Fort Collins Rescue Mission (FCRM) provides emergency services to the homeless in Fort Collins including shelter for 75 men and women, meals for the hungry, and food boxes, clothing and hygiene items for those in need.
Hi! I am Lisa Downer, married mother of 3 girls and a 20+ year resident of NOCO! I was introduced to HITC in January 2018 and fell in love with the concept of not only networking with local women in business but promoting/sharing them and what they do!
We have such a unique mission and it is right inline with my personal business passions! Come be a part of our amazing group of supportive women and learn how to build your Tribe right here in your own market! with me!