Archive for the ‘Denver’ Category

Shopping at Holiday gift shows and bazaars

Friday, December 11th, 2015
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Knitting while waiting for the gift show to open.

You may have met Koffee Kompanions at a gift show in Alaska, Colorado, North Carolina, Missouri, Texas, Kansas, or Oklahoma a few years ago. It took 8-9 hours for two people to set up the booth. We packed the booth after the closing of the last show day. My favorite part of the gift shows or events was meeting people.

The following suggestions for shoppers will make booth owner’s experiences as much fun as your shopping experiences!


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Colorado Springs, CO

Don’t ask for discounts or try to make deals. You don’t do that in department stores so please don’t do it at gift shows. The owner will have signs displayed for bargains and discounts.


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Denver, CO

Booth owners cringe when they hear someone say to a friend, “That’s easy to do. I could make those.” While your statements may be true (but often aren’t), it’s not polite to point it out in front of the booth owner who has worked long hours to fill their booth. You would be surprised at how well we hear conversations!


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Overland Park, KS

The booths are for selling retail. They aren’t phone booths. Please go to the sitting or food area to use your cell phone. If your phone conversation is about a retail item in the booth, cell phones are welcome!


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Denver, CO

Taking a photo of an item so you can copy it may be in violation of copy right laws. And it’s very rude.


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Dallas, TX

Most booths are only 10’ X 10’ so don’t fill it with a stroller. The booth owner and other shoppers will thank you if you park your stroller to one side of the booth in the aisle. Take turns shopping in the booth with a friend. Try very hard not to hit other shoppers while pushing the stroller.

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Colorado Springs, CO

This was a fund raiser by the Colorado Springs Police Department. I had a table and only two pieces of grid bar to hang items. Being able to adapt to new environments is necessary. After the event was over, a very strong policeman offered to carry my things to my van!

Have fun shopping with friends and family!


Denver Day Trip – John Gonzales, owner Salon Onze in Denver, Colorado

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
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Thinsulate insulated Kup Kollar on 12 ounce cold cup.

I picked up my iced café mocha from Roostercat Coffeehouse and walked to Salon Onze for my hair cut appointment with John Gonzales, one of two owners. I like the salon because it’s small and private. I can relax and have a great visit with John while he works his magic on my hair.

John uses Schedulicity on the Internet. I can log into my account to schedule my own appointments, make changes, and cancel for a reschedule 24/7. When I finish, an email confirms the schedule. I love this convenience!

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Thinsulate insulated Kup Kollar on 12 ounce cold cup.

The black and white polka-dot hippopotamus is a gift to John from one of his happy customers. Its hand carved from soapstone. The customer went to Africa for a safari vacation and thought to bring back something for John.

John has been cutting and styling hair for 30 years. If you need a hair stylist, John is your man!

Denver Day Trip — Post 2 of 2

Post 1. Roostercat Coffeehouse and Coda Coffee Company


Denver Day Trip – Roostercat Coffeehouse and Coda Coffee Company

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

My husband and son are very important to me but there is another man who is also very important. That man is my hair stylist. Every few weeks, Perry and I drive north for my hair cut appointment with John Gonzales, one of two owners of Salon Onze in Denver, Colorado.


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If we arrive early for my appointment, we walk to a comfortable coffee shop called Roostercat Coffeehouse. It’s spacious so you don’t feel like you’re sitting with a stranger. The staff is very friendly, answer questions, and fill every request on drink prep.


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I really like the light wood décor and art hanging on the walls. The tables are large for computer work, knitting, or whatever you decide to focus on.


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Thinsulate insulated Kup Kollars.
Fall Leaves on cold drink; Florida State U. on hot drink.

Roostercat uses coffee from Coda Coffee Company, a Denver roaster for twenty-two years. Perry said his cappuccino was excellent. I loved my iced café mocha with Ghirardelli chocolate syrup and coconut milk. I had a couple of bites of Perry’s poppy seed lemon scone before walking to my hair appointment.


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For those who like to enjoy their beverages outdoors, Roostercat has a fire pit to keep you warm on a cool autumn day. If you’re on Lincoln Street near 1st Ave. in Denver, stop in seven days a week opening at 7:00 am on weekdays and 8:00 am on weekends. They close at midnight. It’s a great place to go with friends!

Denver Day Trip  Post 1 of 2


I love live theater on stage – “Wicked” witches and a birthday surprise for two

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
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Music Krescendo Kup Kap on the mug next to “Wicked” souvenir.

Sean and I have our birthdays three days apart in June. Pam discovered the musical “Wicked” was playing in Denver on the birthdays’ weekend. She began her birthday surprise with the help of Perry. They had secrets but Sean and I never noticed!


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Perry and I went to the loft to eat a delicious brunch prepared by Sean and Pam. We hung out for the afternoon. That evening we had plans to eat dinner at a restaurant and have birthday ginger cake after.

Pam knitted while Tai soaked up some rays on her lap. Later, she told Sean it was time for him to dress for dinner.


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Sean left the room and returned saying he was ready to go!

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Sean did a better job on his second trip to the bedroom. He and Pam are standing outside their loft building in downtown Denver.

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We continued on to the restaurant, ate wonderful food, had our usual fun time, and began our walk back to the loft. As we approached the Denver Theatre Complex, I noticed the crowds walking towards the area. I noted to Perry that there must be a big production playing that evening.

He told me “Wicked” was playing. This is a play we had talked about seeing but missed the last time it played in Denver. I said, “Oh, that’s too bad. We could have gone this weekend.”

Pam suggested we cut through the Complex to avoid the crowds. I was busy looking at the stylish clothes some of the ladies were wearing. I turned to see Sean looking at something in his hands. Suddenly Perry gave me a ticket to “Wicked”. I exclaimed, “Oh wow! When do we get to see it?”

Perry, “Tonight!” I was so excited I couldn’t believe it, exclaiming, “We get to see it NOW?”

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We loved the musical. My favorite character was the Good Witch because she was very funny and performed a lot of physical comedy. The costumes were elaborate. The female chorus wore skirts designed with several layers of different fabrics. The set was built with a Steampunk theme. Go if you get the chance!

I love live theater on stage – Post 4 of 4

Post 1. Theater Souvenirs

Post 2. We travel to other states for performances 

Post 3.  “Phantom of the Opera” surprise




I love live theater on stage – Theater Souvenirs

Monday, September 21st, 2015

I was a freshman at Florida State University when I saw my first play on stage called “Lysistrata”, a Greek play by Aeschylus that was first performed in 411 BC. It’s the story of Lysistrata’s efforts to end the Peloponnesian War by persuading the other women to withhold sexual favors from their husbands and lovers. It may be the first play about a theme we’re very familiar with today – the war between the sexes!

“Lysistrata” was the beginning of many entertaining hours sitting in a theater enjoying live productions on stage. Unknown to me, my future husband was in the audience also watching his first play!

After meeting and marrying, we continued our love of live theater together. Our first season tickets were for the 1973 summer season at the historic Elitch Theatre then located at the original Elitch Gardens site in northwest Denver, Colorado. We saw Shelly Winters, William Shatner, and Jose Ferrer in three memorable plays.

We have watched local actors and famous actors, seen new and older plays, and enjoyed a variety of play themes. In the late 1970’s, we introduced children’s theater to Sean and Colleen when they were toddlers. Their first play was “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” performed at the historic Bonfils Memorial Theater in Denver which hosted more than 400 main stage and children’s productions until it closed.

Growing up, Sean and Colleen performed in school plays, talent shows, mystery dinner theatre, forensics school tournaments, dance recitals, and the Larkspur, Colorado Renaissance Festival. They also directed, were stage managers, made props, and wrote scripts.


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Music Krescendo Kup Kap on Radio City mug.

These are only a small number of survivors I’ve collected over the years. Each one holds a fond memory for me!

Several years ago, I bought the soldier mug in the lobby of the Denver Theatre Complex after a performance of “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” danced by the Rockettes out of New York City. Sean had a date that evening with Pam, who later became our daughter-in-law!

I love live theater on stage – Post 1 of 4


Botanical Gardens in Denver, CO

Monday, August 18th, 2014
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Pride Colors Kup Kollar on 16 ounce cold-cup.

I put a colorful cup cozy in my purse to use at the Denver Botanical Gardens because I knew it would be a day of many hues and shades!

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I thought, “So many flowers, so little time!”

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If you haven’t visited the Denver Botanical Gardens, you are missing one of Colorado’s many gems!

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Tea house and tea garden at Botanical Gardens in Denver, CO

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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At the Denver Botanical Gardens, a Japanese tea ceremony is served at the tea house located in the tea garden. The tea house was designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana and constructed in Japan. It was then disassembled and shipped to Denver. A team of Japanese craftsmen carefully rebuilt it.

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Sean and Pam stopped to read the information sign at the entrance to the tea garden.

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The fountain in the tea garden is stocked with fish.

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There are several bonsai trees on display. The trees not suited to the Colorado climate are in a greenhouse.

Visit this tranquil garden and you will feel more peaceful when you leave.


Chihuly Exhibition at Botanical Gardens in Denver, CO

Monday, August 4th, 2014
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Pride Colors Kup Kollar on 16 ounce cold-cup.

When we visited the Botanical Gardens in Denver, CO it was a hot dry day. We found relief at the Café next to a beautiful pond. There were outside tables under a huge shade tree. I bought an iced tea which was very good. 2014 June 14 Botancial Gardens Denver 43 glass statue in pond_72

The pond was filled with glass sculptures in the Chihuly Exhibit. Dale Chihuly is known for revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement that changed people’s perceptions about glass creations. People have begun to see glass works as art not a craft. He uses the team approach for blowing glass.

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We discovered another pond filled with Chihuly’s large floating bulbs. On one side there was a boat filled with more glass designs and colors. This is a beautiful unique exhibit with many displays throughout the Botancial Gardens!


Trader Joe’s ice-cream fan finds cozy container wrap

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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From a new customer who really “gets it” about our unique Thinsulate insulated wraps for ice-cream containers. That’s kool!

Hi, I searched on Google for Ice cream container cozy. Most cozies ended up being for pints and I was looking for quart size. The others I found, like on Etsy and Ebay were crocheted. The Thinsulate insulation on yours was the top selling point though I liked the choice of designs also. 

I became recently addicted to Trader Joe’s Mint Chip ice cream. For the first time in my life, I started eating ice cream right out of the carton and using a towel wrapped around it because of the coldness. Then last Friday when I bought a new supply, there was a lot of ice cream dribbled over on the sides of the cartons and I wondered if there were cozies for ice cream cartons, hence my Google search. 

Can’t wait to get them, hope they fit. Once warm weather comes, the Thinsulate insulation will come in handy also. 

Cindy, Minnesota

Kream Kollar Trader Joe sign Denver June 2014




Denver, Colorado is very excited about having a new Trader Joe’s in their beautiful city!








Special Moments at Capital Tea in Denver

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Sitting in the front corner at Capital Tea, Kevin enjoyed the last rays of sunshine as the sun slid behind the Rocky Mountains.


Exploring the tea shop with my camera, I found a colorful bear wearing a knitted hat and miniature teapots filled with flowers on each table.

We met Kevin at Capital Tea not just for tea and goodies, but to give him a surprise gift. At a book signing last fall for his book about ghosts in Denver, I discovered Kevin didn’t have a special pen to use. I contacted Dave, owner of Winds of Change contracting company, who makes beautiful pens. Orange is one of Kevin’s favorite colors!

After leaving Capital Tea, we met Shawn outside the Colorado History building. Shawn’s pen is swirled with teal, which is his favorite color. He signed his book that is filled with historical photos of Denver. Thank you, Dave, for helping me surprise two great friends with your skilled craftsmanship!