FastFrame of LoDo's showroom houses more than 2,000 frame samples. Wood and metal boarders wait to enclose artwork, photographs, and 3-D items, from sports jerseys to musical instruments to Abe Lincoln's stovepipe-hat polish. The showroom also houses thousands of matte samples—including fabric, suede, and genuine leather.
All these options are on display to help customers find the exact frame and matte combination they want. But FastFrame of LoDo's professionals also recognize that not everyone can make a final decision without seeing what the finished product will look like. So they rely on Frame Vue, a computer program that snaps a photo of the client's artwork and then shows what it will look like with different frame and matte combinations.
Services like this earned FastFrame of LoDo the title of Best Custom Framing by the Denver A-List in 2010, 2011, and 2012. And people like Jarrod Perrott earned it 5280 magazine's Top of the Town award for customer service. The magazine's editors said: "The finished products FastFrame of LoDo puts out are spectacular—and, as a bonus, after picking up your wall-hanging, Perrott will send you a handwritten thank-you note (a wonderful, thoughtful touch). ..."
The staff members at Scrubbin Buddies Cleaning Service, LLC appreciate that clean is a complex adjective. That's why they offer multiple types of cleaning sessions that vary based on the house's condition and the client’s desires. Their routine cleanings meticulously traverse the surfaces and furnishings of every type of living area. Wielding all-natural products, the teams approach sullied floors with mops, vacuums, brooms, and wood cleaners in a single visit. Alternatively, their deep cleaning delves into even shadier nooks, such as behind the stove, inside floor vents, and throughout garages. They will even clear light fixtures of bugs that were only trying to read in the dark.
Though both kinds of cleaning sessions entail an extensive list of services, the technicians eagerly field special requests. They can scour offices and spruce up locales that have recently undergone construction, and they are specially trained in prepping homes for moves. To advise patrons on further treatments, they keep a roster of professional carpet and window cleaners on file.
Ready to battle intrusive light from the sun or an inconsiderate neighbor's supped-up space shuttle, the window experts at Discount Window Focus arrive at homes armed with an array of elegant blinds from brand names such as Hunter Douglas, Levolor, Graber, and Kirsch. During a free in-home consultation, the blind visionaries take measurements and pair home decor to the most ideal window furnishings, suggesting sleek shutters, wood blinds, solar shades, or honeycomb blinds. The techs then return in approximately three weeks to install the horizontal or vertical window coverings that keep sunny living spaces cool and finally allow homeowners to invite vampiric houseguests over for lunch.
In the late 1960s, Lewis Grant sought out a plot of land in the Rocky Mountains foothills to grow his own vegetables and brought the wisdom he accrued during a career as a university professor and his son Andy to help with the humble undertaking. The duo took to tilling the land, and over the next few decades, Andy expanded his father’s plot to the 2,200 acres that currently make up the CSA-certified organic farm. Heading a farming community with more than 4,500 members, a dedicated staff of educators and farmers cultivate the farm’s pasture-raised livestock and more than 150 breeds of organic vegetables such as squash, herbs, and 34 varieties of corn and heirloom tomatoes. Every year, the staff gives visitors a hands-on education about the nitty gritty of farm operations and gives them the chance to defeat their cows in starting contests during a spring agricultural festival set against the mountain landscape.
The Colorado School of Acting's directors, Elizabeth Horne and Troy Horne, combine their dual loves of stage and screen to impart acting chops to students of all ages and experience levels. Elizabeth—who has acted in more than 25 plays and 12 movies—and Troy—a sitcom and film producer who appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award–winning musical Rent—staff their team with veteran acting instructors, each of whom have more than 10 years of experience in the biz. During their classes, they teach students to focus and perform under a variety of circumstances, with workshops in subjects ranging from improv and commercial work to audition skills and voiceovers. They welcome kids for acting summer camps, where they introduce fundamentals of memorization, character development, and rehearsal. Instructors also help thespians develop with more advanced training, including filmmaking summer camps for kids, and a certificate program for all age levels that requires students to audition or present a signed permission slip from David Schwimmer.
Tile adds a clean, creative look to kitchens, bathrooms, and patios, but it's also an eco-friendly flooring material that requires no harsh chemicals or maintenance to keep it gleaming. Staff members at A World of Tile help clients to upgrade living spaces with this environmentally friendly alternative through in-house design consultations and a range of ceramic, stone, and specialty tiles. They amass products from across the globe, offering unique designs and SunTouch heated options that warm toes during cold winter months and prevent chihuahuas from shaking the whole year. During free hands-on workshops, staffers teach customers how to correctly install tile themselves or provide referrals to local contractors.