The dozens of plush mattresses that fill InnoMax’s vast show room call to customers like song-less sirens, enticing patrons onto their comfortable coils and springs with the promise of restful slumber. These dream-inducers support the lumbar with a range of fillings, including beds plumped by air, liquid, memory cells, and natural latex, which conforms to bodies and proves more hygienic and durable than a bed made of collapsed pizza boxes. Knowledgeable sales associates take stock of customers’ sleep styles to offer mattress suggestions or guide customers through InnoMax’s host of accessories including bed frames, sheets and comforters, and hardwood furniture.
As cool wind blows over rubber-marked pavement, the friendly, Motorcycle Safety Foundation–certified instructors at Bluecreek Motorcycle Training Co. shout instructions over the clamor of engines revved by student riders. The academy’s fully enclosed riding range encourages beginners and experts alike to safely practice skills, such as stopping, turning, and swerving—all with the help of the seven men and three women who make up the teaching staff. Courses also incorporate study time in spacious, air-conditioned classrooms, where students commit laws and road signs to memory instead of sticking post-it notes on the inside of their helmet visors.
Lupe Aguilar honed his photographic eye as a flight attendant, snapping shots of exotic locales between flights. Upon going pro, he soon found himself assigned to work with such celebrities as Will Smith and Cameron Diaz. Today, he uses his expertise to capture images of virtually every variety—shots of high-energy sports games fill his portfolio alongside romantic wedding portraits, food photography, and evocative boudoir shots.
Most people would agree that The Lumber Baron looks like a mansion, but the significance of its cinnamon-colored exterior depends on who you ask. The city of Denver would say that it's a historic landmark, Frommer's would add that it's a highly recommended bed-and-breakfast with four retro-posh suites, and its cast of actors would call it a stage for their talents.
Each weekend, their murder-mystery dinners entertain audiences with shows such as "America's Got Murder!" and "Icing Bridezilla." Chef and innkeeper Julie Keller precedes each performance with a continually changing menu of eats; previous meals have included grilled chicken with pistachio sauce and sides of red-cabbage slaw and corn bread.
In addition to the murder-mystery dinners—which combine the Supreme Court's tradition of justice and chicken—Lumber Baron stages boudoir photo shoots in its B&B suites, and features an array of nightlife acts, including magicians, improv sketches, and movie screenings. Outside, the grounds' garden foliage wraps around events such as weddings and mixers.
The Home Furnishing Company eases the stress of shopping for new beds, couches, and living room furniture by uniting multiple services under one roof. Their 40,000 square foot Denver showroom displays a collection of furnishings from more than 20 different vendors, and their in-house transportation company can deliver specific pieces in less than a week. Customers can also benefit from in-house financing, or place their desired items on free lay-a-way, giving them ample time to convince their old couch that they've grown apart over the years.