March 2017 Around Town 3

Melton Design Build of Boulder Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

Melton Design Build of Boulder, CO has won “Best Of Design” and “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The three-time winner, 24-year-old, full-service design/build firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“The Melton Design Build team is honored to be recognized for these awards for the third year in a row. Our team focuses on ensuring each customer has an exceptional experience and that our designs are innovative, beautiful, and most importantly meet the needs of our clients. We’re ecstatic to see our efforts rewarded on a platform with so many beautiful projects and talented companies,”  said Heather Dieck, Marketing Manager for Melton Design Build.

Barrel-Aged Apricot Sour Release at Avery Brewing Company

Avery Brewing Company, a Boulder, CO-based craft brewery and maker of White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale is thrilled to announce the addition of its barrel-aged Apricot Sour that will add to the popular Raspberry Sour, Vanilla Bean Stout, and Tangerine Quadruple Ale that currently make up the “Botanicals & Barrels” series. Apricot Sour is a bright and tangy Sour Ale that artfully highlights juicy apricots and barrel-aged tartness.

Apricot Sour is the fourth installment of the “Botanicals & Barrels” series which all have two things in common. First, they are all aged in barrels for at least three months and second, they all consist of just one ingredient outside of the standard grain, hops, yeast, and water recipe. Avery Brewing Company plans to release Ginger Sour and Coconut Porter by mid-2017.

“The interesting thing about our Botanicals & Barrels series is that as beautiful and simple as the final beer is, it is the culmination of an insanely complex and intricate process,” says Travis Rupp, Avery’s Research and Development Manager and Beer Archaeologist.

Avery’s Apricot Sour will be available year-round in 22-ounce bottles and will be distributed nationally.

RSL Outdoor Living of Longmont, CO Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

RSL Outdoor Living of Longmont, CO has won “Best Of Customer Service, on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. RSL Outdoor Living is extremely proud to win the best of Houzz Customer Service Award for the third year in a row. RSL prides itself in being the most customer focused landscape design/build company in Boulder County, and again our clients have spoken. RSL is the complete solution for clients looking to add aesthetic outdoor living spaces that extend their livable square footage and enhance their homes natural surroundings.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including RSL Outdoor Living, said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

John Atencio Introduces Luminaire — An Inspired New Diamond Ring Collection at $2,500 and under

Inspired by John’s search for the perfect ring while a student at CSU in 1971 – Is the newest Diamond Ring Collection from JOHN ATENCIO. In his original search for a truly inspired ring, John got the girl by creating the ring himself. The rest is history. Luminaire returns to re-create that special moment.

Reflecting light and brilliance, each Luminaire ring is designed by John with a conflict-free, ethically mined diamond – one that has been curated for brilliance. In Rose, White or Yellow 18K Gold Settings, each Luminaire Ring is set with a white or exotic colored diamond. The Luminaire Diamond Ring Collection reflects John’s artistry, authenticity and continued commitment to fine quality and exquisite detail.

Retail priced at $2,500 and under, Luminaire is inspired to appeal to Millennials, the soon-to- be-bride looking for a unique personal statement – and the multi-generational looking for a right-hand ring or a suitable gift. Most simply stated, Luminaire is about LOVE and capturing a special moment.

Alpine Modern Cafe’ is now serving Brunch and rolls out new menu

Alpine Modern is rolling out a new menu with seasonal dishes. They will also start serving a special weekend brunch service! On Saturdays and Sundays, they will be serving a delicious selection of sweet and savory waffles, bottomless mimosas, and a special coffee drink: the Snowy Boulder. For more information and to view the menu, visit

BCD Middle School students 
take stance against whale 
captivity, shark finning and 
support the creation of 
protected ocean sanctuaries

At Boulder Country Day School, students enrolled in the Ocean Conservation Exploratory class have started petitions to serve causes that their learning has led them to be passionate about. BCD science teacher, Dr. Carl Hager, a Professor of Oceanography and Marine Mammal Acoustician at the US Naval Academy from 2006 to 2014, now shares his passion for the aquatic sciences with his students through a number of Ocean-centric exploratory courses including the topics of “the Acoustics of Whales”, “the History of Whaling in the U.S.”, and a trimester long study into the dynamics and physical properties of the oceans.

Carl Hager shares that, “After our group had learned of the squalid conditions that marine mammals endure while in captivity with organizations like SeaWorld, the students decided as a group that they wanted to make an impact. To date, the students have already collected a combined 950+ signatures and are well on their way to their goals. Our Ocean Conservation Exploratory class serves to address the myriad of ocean “health” issues worthy of intellectual attention and more importantly, action. I’m so proud that this group wants to impact positive change”.

Having visited, Sea World in the past 7th grader, Sam Jarvis, shared, “I felt responsible for doing something after learning what we learned in class. Our generation needs to do something”. He sadly adds, “Their enclosures are the equivalent in size to us spending the rest of our lives in a bathtub.” Classmate, Joe Reback, 7th grade, was moved by the watching of the documentary The Cove to call for the expansion of wildlife sanctuaries for all species. “Sanctuaries can protect animals from overfishing, water pollution, and trash pollution,” he says. Adam Schonbrun, also in 7th grade, hopes that his petition will serve to put an end to the practice of shark finning by revealing the irresponsible and needless slaughter of a keystone ocean predator.

Boulder Phil to 
Perform in Washington, D.C., As Part of Inaugural SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Boulder’s professional symphony orchestra, has been selected to participate in the new weeklong SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras, taking place in Washington, D.C., from March 27 through April 2, 2017. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and the Brooklyn-based ensemble, The Knights, chosen from a pool of exceptional submissions from orchestras across North America, will also be participating.

The Boulder Phil’s program and outreach activities for the SHIFT Festival draw from a collection of successful Nature & Music programs performed in past seasons. Festival activities will include guided musical hikes in Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park, led by naturalist Dave Sutherland, from Boulder’s Open Space &; Mountain Parks, “stroll-to” outdoor performances by Boulder Phil ensembles, composer talks, and a full-orchestra concert in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, March 28, 2017, which includes the world premiere, “All the Songs that Nature Sings,” by Stephen Lias, with choreographed visuals of Rocky Mountain National Park, and a performance of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” with Boulder’s Frequent Flyers® Aerial Dance.

Boulder Beer Company to Release Irish Blessing Oak-Aged Coffee Stout

Irish Blessing is a dark coffee Stout brewed with an abundance of black and chocolate malts for a bittersweet chocolate finish, and OZO Coffee for rich roasted coffee notes. The beer is then aged on oak that’s been soaked in Jameson Irish Whiskey. It clocks in at 6.8% ABV and 40 IBU’s. This brand new release will be available exclusively on draft for a limited time.

“We collaborated with our friends and local roasters at OZO Coffee in Boulder to determine the perfect roast to complement our Stout, choosing their OZO Blend to use in the brew, adding earthy, roasted coffee flavors to the beer,” said Tess McFadden, Marketing Director at Boulder Beer Company. “We then age Irish Blessing on Jameson Irish Whiskey soaked oak, imparting the finishing touches of whiskey and wood.”

Stout lovers will be able to hoist an Irish Blessing on draft at great craft beer bars throughout Colorado and select out of state markets where Boulder Beer is sold beginning mid-February.

Gifts from the Heart Benefit Luncheon

Via Mobility Services (Via) is hosting a Gifts from the Heart Benefit Luncheon on May 11, 2017 at Via’s facility, 2855 N. 63rd St., Boulder. Special guest is Eleanor Brown, Colorado native and New York Times best selling author of The Light of Paris and The Weird Sisters.  Check-in and silent auction start at 11:30 am, luncheon to follow. Eleanor will share her journey and author insights in a lively and humorous presentation about the importance of preserving and sharing stories.  Attendees will enjoy a gourmet plated lunch, receive a signed copy of The Light of Paris and more!  Via is a private nonprofit that serves 3,000 individuals a year providing specialized transportation services, mostly to the elderly and disabled. Via also operates the HOP, Access-a-Ride and Call-n-Ride. Proceeds from this event will go into our Lenna Kottke Rider Support Fund which provides trip support for low income riders.