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.
Andrea Burgess is an excellent listener. But with her masters of arts in counseling and a bachelor of science in psychology, she is able to do more than just listen. She meets one on one with clients undergoing any number of life transitions, and offers counseling techniques to help deal with loss, anxiety, or major changes. She also can incorporate existential philosophy into the sessions, offering guests a spiritual approach to their mental health.
At Healing Waters Mind & Body Float Studio, putting a lid over a swimming pool isn’t only good for pulling a prank on the swim team. At the center, this experience involves floating atop 10 inches of warm, sterilized water mixed with 850 pounds of healing epsom salts. The sessions completely quiet all stimuli, depriving the senses for an experience owner Lisa Kay Lopez called life changing. Sensory deprivation’s benefits include improving focus and creativity, alleviating pain, and decreasing anxiety. Committed to helping people get the most out of the float-tank experience, Lisa keeps the studio open seven days a week and allows 24-hour service by appointment.
Her staff preps clients for each float with prefloat therapy, which begins with an introduction to flotation and a session on the inversion table; in a private room, clients are situated at an inverted angle, which helps circulate blood flow and oxygen, and clients are given headphones that softly play binaural beats to synchronize brainwaves into a state of relaxation. After 20 minutes, guests rinse off in their own private shower, which is stocked with shampoo and conditioner, body wash, and towels.
Clients then enter the tank, deprived of sensory input including light, sound, smell, and gravity. Afterwards, they can relax with a cup of tea or lemon water in the studio’s relaxation room and reminisce about their watery therapy session or the first time they actually drank 64 ounces of water in one day.
As someone whose specialty is taking charge of change, Barbara Chase coaches from experience. She's no stranger to redefining her routine—she's raised three children and undergone major moves, both across and out of the country. Today, she calls upon lessons from her own life, as well as the training that came with earning her master's degree in psychology, to help others with similarly daunting tasks.
Her life-coaching sessions strive to identify and plan for each client's unique goals. Barbara might develop strategies for parents whose children have recently left for college, or employees struggling with a job change. She also addresses family and relationship concerns. Her services take the form of individual or group sessions, conducted in-person or over the phone.
The matchmakers of Monday at 8 take the guesswork out of dating, setting up clients whose personalities and interests align on a deeper level. Inspired by online dating but struck by the impersonality of the practice, Monday at 8 founder and matchmaker Ross Taraborelli began his company in 2011 to connect singles in the Denver area. His services take into account clients' schedules, ensuring that even the busiest of people can strike a match, and his dating candidates are all screened beforehand. In addition to dating packages that include a specific number of guaranteed dates per year, Ross and his staff host regular speed-dating events for various age groups that let people meet lots of new faces in a short amount of time.