Having filmed their own skate, surf, and snowboard movies for years, Matt D’Amico and Jeff Barrett acquired a taste for digital videography. When Matt and Jeff launched Valley Home Movies, they combined their passion for video editing with their knowledge of antiquated and modern video formats. Using high-capacity computers, they transfer every frame from aging formats such as 8mm and VHS onto reliable DVDs and convert old photos and slides to digital files, ensuring prom pictures may be ridiculed by future generations.
The pair also puts their editing skills to good use, laying down beats for accompanying DVD soundtracks and crafting individualized DVD menus. Videography services and sound engineering round out the company’s offerings, though the staff also shoots still photography, repairs computers, and develops websites.
In 1993, the publishers of 5280 canvassed the Denver area with the intention of getting at the heart of what's important to its citizens. With its name honoring Denver's mile-high elevation (5,280 feet)—the name 63,360 inches was already taken—the magazine's editors and writers seek to represent their city with in-depth, honest, and exciting stories about local arts, entertainment, and dining. Each glossy, full-color issue comes loaded with restaurant reviews and profiles of locals making an impact on the region. With recurring stories such as "Top of the Town," "Top Doctors," and the annual restaurant guide, 5280 aims to guide locals and visitors to healthy, enriched lives.
Today, the magazine boasts a distribution of 85,000, making it one of Colorado's top-selling magazines. It was also named one of the five best city magazines in America by the City and Regional Magazine Association.
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). ..."
A year after Scott Kerkmans created the role of Chief Beer Officer for the Four Points by Sheraton hotels, it began to get around that Denver was the "Napa Valley of Beer." As NPR later reports, the rumor is a culmination of a life spent steeped in beer culture. Before creating Colorado Beer Week and beating out more than 7,000 applicants for the title of CBO, Kerkmans was on the production side at Alaskan Brewing Company. He’s since authored articles for Draft Magazine, taught at Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, and judged burped renditions of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Great American Beer Festival. He shares his taste in microbrews with more than 140 hotels and restaurants worldwide through the Four Point's beer program, but keeps his feet planted firmly on his home turf during his nine-day spring festival, which highlights the finest pours from Colorado breweries including New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and Ska Brewing Company.
Tucked amidst an historic block of downtown Denver is the family-owned Market at Larimer Square. This former grocery store has been replaced with a gem of an espresso shop, complete with deli and bakery touches. The European-style market starts with the enticing smell of brewed coffee at the entrance, and customers can continue up the stairs to an open square space topped with plenty of casual seating. The deli and bakery offers more tempting scents, and customers tend to fall for the hot French dip, a staked Cuban sandwich or the New Orealns-leaning Muffuletta. Of course, the perfect finisher is the Market’s signature dessert: the Spring Fling, a delightfully layered concoction of zucchini bread, cream cheese and fresh fruit.