Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Arvada Pharmacy and Medical Supply

Member Spotlight: Arvada Pharmacy and Medical Supply

Since 2007, Arvada Pharmacy and Medical Supply has served the Arvada community at 10382 Ralston Rd. We talked to Arvada Pharmacy’s Ukrainian-born owner, Julia Ukhnovsky, about their unique services, how the war has directly impacted her international staff, and ways Arvada can offer support.

Member Spotlight: Arvada Automotive Center

Member Spotlight: Arvada Automotive Center

For nearly 30 years, Arvada Automotive Center has served the Arvada community with a team of trained and experienced technicians. We talked to owner Ken Morfit about starting a customer-focused auto shop, changes in the automotive industry and the secret to keeping great customers and staff.

Member Spotlight: Arvada Vacuum

Member Spotlight: Arvada Vacuum

Since 1973, Arvada Vacuum has delivered exceptional servicing and top-tier cleaning products to the community. With locations in west Arvada and Broomfield, the business is owned and operated by two generations of the Barhite family. We talked to Liz and Dave Jr., who manage the Arvada location, about working with family, cleaning tips, and business lessons from nearly 50 years of dusting the competition.

Member Spotlight: Hope House

Member Spotlight: Hope House

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: 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.