Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: CertaPro Painters of Arvada

Member Spotlight: CertaPro Painters of Arvada

Bob and Teri Workman started CertaPro Painters of Arvada 12 years ago in 2009. Bob had previously worked on the manufacturing side with Coca-Cola for 20 years before he was let go. Not wanting to leave Colorado, the Workmans started running the CertaPro franchise out of their home. Bob handled the estimating and sales; Teri ran the office. Now with office space and double the employee count, the ten-year Arvada Chamber members have painted a successful small business story.

“I wish I had done this 20 years ago,” laughs Bob. We talked to the CertaPro owners about starting a business with your partner, generating great reviews, and painting houses in the work-from-home era.

Member Spotlight: Nature’s Reveal Photography

Member Spotlight: Nature’s Reveal Photography

In 2020, Tara launched Nature’s Reveal Photography, which combines her life-long passion for photography and the ranch, a unique, interactive backdrop for her sessions. Nature’s Reveal specializes in family portraits, senior portraits, maternity shoots, newborn baby sessions, and event photography. We talked to Tara about turning a passion into a career, professional vs cell phone photography, and tips to be a successful home-based business in Arvada.

Member Spotlight: Northwest Arvada Fit Body Boot Camp

Member Spotlight: Northwest Arvada Fit Body Boot Camp

Northwest Arvada Fit Body Boot Camp is a gym focused on providing a sense of community and a place to become “better than you ever imagined you could be.” Its supportive environment and signature high-intensity 30-minute workouts have helped the business quickly make a name for itself in Arvada. As the gym celebrates a momentous first year in business, we talked to owner Madison Heard about her late mother’s inspiration, building a community, and the secret to maintaining goals.
Ahead of Amanda’s 30th Anniversary Celebration on July 11th, we talked to owners Calli and David Finnie about designing a unique bridal experience, fostering a collaborative team culture, and wedding trends in a post-pandemic Arvada.

Member Spotlight: Amanda’s Bridal and Tux

Member Spotlight: Amanda’s Bridal and Tux

Amanda’s Bridal and Tux opened in Arvada in 1991 as a humble bridal shop. Now a bridal boutique, Amanda’s is one of the most well-known destinations in Colorado for wedding gowns. Along with full bridesmaid selections and tuxes, Amanda’s is one of the only one-stop shops in all of Colorado to facilitate the whole process in one place with your own stylist.

Ahead of Amanda’s 30th Anniversary Celebration on July 11th, we talked to owners Calli and David Finnie about designing a unique bridal experience, fostering a collaborative team culture, and wedding trends in a post-pandemic Arvada.

Member Spotlight: LUKI Brewery

Member Spotlight: LUKI Brewery

LUKI Brewery opened in the summer of 2020 as Arvada’s eighth taproom. In a city and state with no shortage of excellent beer options, LUKI’s unique drinking experience goes beyond the colorful, circus-themed aesthetic. The brewery promotes “Entertainment, Wonder, Community, and Astounding Beer for One and All.” We talked to owner Jeffery Smith about accomplishing those high-flying feats and what the ringmaster has planned for the marquee in year two.

Member Spotlight: Springwood Retirement Campus

Member Spotlight: Springwood Retirement Campus

The Springwood Retirement Campus opened in 1987 with independent living apartments, before expanding to assisted living suites, cottages and a memory care center across a 15-acre community. When the locally-owned retirement community started, Arvada didn’t have too many assisted living facilities like it. With 284 units and over 300 residents, the same can still be said today.

We talked to Springwood’s Executive Director, Pat Gallinger, and Marketing Director, Jill Ross, about curating a space to belong, innovating through a pandemic, and some favorite memories in the community’s 33 years.

Member Spotlight: Lane Academy of Martial Arts

Member Spotlight: Lane Academy of Martial Arts

At Lane Academy, Matt Lane offers yoga classes, Tai Chi classes and Taekwondo martial art classes for three-year-olds all the way to seniors. We talked to Matt about shaping his passion into a business and how he gave his school a fighting chance to survive opening at the start of a pandemic.

Member Spotlight: Namiko’s Sushi and Japanese Restaurant

Member Spotlight: Namiko’s Sushi and Japanese Restaurant

Namiko’s Sushi and Japanese Restaurant opened in 1988, nearly 33 years ago, in Arvada. The founder, Yuri Chandonnet, worked for multiple restaurants in Japan before moving to the United States and deciding to start a business she could leave to her daughter. Yuri gathered money from her friends, borrowed money from her mother, and started Namiko’s in a 1,500 square foot space.

We talked to owner Namiko Eshima about her mother’s legacy, navigating a challenging business year, and how the restaurant became a beloved staple of the Arvada community.

Member Spotlight: The Arvada Soccer Association

Member Spotlight: The Arvada Soccer Association

The Arvada Soccer Association (Real Colorado EDGE Soccer Club) has been a pivotal part of the Arvada community since 1969, serving boys and girls from ages four through adulthood.  Annually, the club has 2,500 registered players playing at various levels, from Recreational to Competitive to a TOPSoccer program for kids with special needs. The Arvada Soccer Association is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

We talked to the Arvada Soccer Association’s General Manager, Todd Gette, about the origins of the soccer club, the impact of COVID-19, and celebrating 50 years in Arvada.

Member Spotlight: Sock and Super Zoom Bang Bang

Member Spotlight: Sock and Super Zoom Bang Bang

This summer, entrepreneur Scott Spears quietly celebrated ten years of unique, family-friendly stores in Olde Town Arvada. We talked to Spears about the origins of his two retail shops, Sock and Super Zoom Bang Bang, and the challenges of running five small businesses in 2020.

Member Spotlight: Red Silo Coffee Roasters

Member Spotlight: Red Silo Coffee Roasters

If you’d like to know about the extensive, international journey that goes into making your first cup of coffee in the morning, just ask the good people at Red Silo Coffee Roasters. Owners and long-time business partners Shelley Flood and Greg Pierce strive to source the best quality beans from around the world, often directly from the farmer. To find the best taste, they will often cup 100 samples before making a full order. “It’s a lot of trial and error,” laughs Shelley. “We drink a lot of coffee.” We talked to Shelley and Greg about sourcing coffee, educating customers, what they’ve learned a year into business in Arvada, and what’s next for Red Silo.

Member Spotlight: Michael Juergens, CIA Leavitt Group

Member Spotlight: Michael Juergens, CIA Leavitt Group

Michael Juergens grew up in Arvada and his calling to give back to this community is more than a passing feeling. “I 100% believe in it,” he says. Juergens is an employee benefits consultant for CIA Leavitt Group, a full-service insurance agency. He says the firm is forward-thinking on solutions that benefit everyone and he has taken the same approach as an advocate for helping Arvadans become more informed and empowered when it comes to their healthcare.

Member Spotlight: Delta Restoration Services

Member Spotlight: Delta Restoration Services

President and founder Michael Mastous started Delta Restoration Services in 2006 after 30 years in the restoration industry and launched its national franchise model soon after. Currently, at 40 locations across the nation, Delta is projected to grow to 250 after its acquisition by the company Michael worked for 30 years ago, straight out of college. “Don’t burn bridges in my advice,” he says with a laugh. Delta’s serious growth is the result of great community involvement and a dedication to efficiency and education.

Member Spotlight: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Candelas

Member Spotlight: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Candelas

Pastor Jeremy Belter has only been in Arvada for a year, but he already counts many neighbors. In August of 2018, he moved to Colorado from Dallas, Texas to start the second campus of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Westminster. Jeremy, a pastor for 11 years, jumped right in to build connections within the Arvada community to establish programs and a congregation. A year in the making, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Candelas will hold its long-awaited launch service on October 6 at 9:00 AM.  

Member Spotlight: Brute Force Training Facility

Member Spotlight: Brute Force Training Facility

For over a decade, Kent McCurdy (Owner & Director of Coaching) has watched his CrossFit gym and training facility grow in Arvada. This month, his facility formerly known as FAST, Fitness & Sports Training rebranded to Brute Force Training Facility.  Located near Olde Town Arvada, Brute Force offers training for all ability levels, including CrossFit athletes, weekend warriors, fitness beginners, and busy professionals.

Member Spotlight: Mann Method PT and Fitness

Member Spotlight: Mann Method PT and Fitness

In 2004, Dr. Sarah Mann (PT, DPT, MBA, NSCA-CPT) was working as a personal trainer in the Denver Tech Center when a family asked if she could work with their son, a 40-year-old with Down syndrome. Through a shared love of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the golden age of bodybuilding, Dr. Mann quickly found that this was her favorite client to work with. Soon after, she went back to get her doctorate in physical therapy (PT) and started a clinic with an all-star team to provide pediatric and orthopedic PT plus occupational therapy (OT) for teenagers and adults with Down syndrome. In 2015, a connection with Jack’s and Steamers led Dr. Mann to move Mann Method PT and Fitness to The Village of Five Parks in northwest Arvada. “This was such an amazing, natural fit because people with developmental disabilities are embraced and accepted in this community,” said Dr. Mann.