At Butts Rental, Inc., chainsaws and lawn mowers purr in the lot, punctuated by the cold hiss of filling propane tanks. The selection of rental equipment helps in the completion of home projects with dollies, floor polishers, and other tools from brands including John Deere. Party planners wander among rental chairs and ice tubs as well as popcorn machines, which help feed guests and give a nervous Robocop somebody to talk to.
Expert gourmand Jackie Rebideau has a peculiar passion for cheese. In an effort to share this ardor with the public, she created Fromage to Yours, a company that holds classes and special events to educate people about this celebrated edible. In addition to her recently launched grilled cheese food truck, Mobile Meltz, Jackie teaches pupils about the art of making artisan cheeses such as mozzarella, halloumi, ricotta, and paneer, demonstrating tasteful techniques and dispelling myths that the holes in swiss cheese are formed by mini meteors training for future journeys to the moon. Fromage to Yours also orchestrates special events such as the Colorado Cheese Festival, which more than 150 samples of artisanal American cheese.
Terri Oviedo grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she cultivated a passion for holistic healing?a pastime that helped her get through cancer and helps her manage her diabetes. Massage aided her recovery, and so upon moving to Colorado she studied sports and deep-tissue massage at the Denver School of Massage Therapy. Now as a licensed massage therapist, Terri wields more than 10 modalities in her tool belt, such as hydrotherapy and shiatsu. She offers Brazilian toe massage, which soothes six meridians that connect organs like the invisible strings that still connect us to our mothers. Terri also helps veterans find relaxation and peace by offering her services to them at a reduced rate.
Before she became a licensed therapist, Jaime Castillo heard over and over again about the healing powers of massage. Seeing the results for herself compelled her to pursue a career in massage therapy, and today she helps clients get balanced with massage sessions instead of suggesting they sleep on tightropes. Each massage is tailored to the client's individual needs and Jaime draws from experience in a variety of modalities including myofascial release and trigger point therapy.
At their 11th Street facility, Verso invites guests to sample its Colorado-made vintages of cabernet sauvignon. Anniversary parties, wedding banquets, and corporate functions of up to 40 people learn about the finer points of winemaking with fun tastings and classes, while smaller private parties relax with small plates, appetizers, and drinks. Visitors can sip and mingle amid wine barrels, or relish in the experience of tasting wine twelve feet above floor level.
Sourcing grapes from California and its native Colorado, Ryker's Cellars' winemaker transform the fruit into mature, complex wines onsite. Available in six styles, the varietals range from dry, pre-dinner riesling to cabernet, with a rich, spicy bouquet of dark fruit, currants, and leather. Visitors can sample each of the wines at the tasting room or purchase a bottle or case to shatter on their cars before embarking on long journeys.