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Friday, March 14, 2008

Downtown Boulder Newsletter

NEWS YOU CAN USE

To skip to a specific news item, use the links below! To read them all, just scroll on down.

New Website Pages
Downtown's Best People Watching
Carriage House Art Gallery Opening
Earth Hour
Kidlinks Golf Tournament
Website Survey Results
Parking Pay station Q & A
Website Tips and Tricks
Spotlight On: Kathy & Robin Beeck of BIFF


New Website Pages
We have a couple of great new web pages for the community to enjoy at boulderdowntown.com. The first is our Happy Hour Page, housing a comprehensive list of Downtown Boulder happy hours in one convenient location, which can also be downloaded as a PDF.

The other newbie is our Sales and Promotions Page. This page features the latest in sales and promotions in downtown and is updated weekly. If your store would like to be added, please email us. We encourage you to check out both of these stellar debuts.

Win $50 Downtown Boulder Gift Card
Did you know that hanging out and people watching is the number one activity in Downtown Boulder? For the inaugural issue of our new magazine: "Downtown- Local Shops Local Stories" we would like to know where you people watch Downtown. Vote for your choice by clicking here. Respondents will be entered into a drawing for a $50 DBI Gift Card.

Carriage House Gallery Opening @ Zing Salon
The Carriage House Homeless Community Center invites you to its first gallery opening of selected work by our homeless artists. Entertainment will be provided by Holly and the Husbands and refreshments will be served. All proceeds from sales of artwork will benefit artists and programs at Carriage House. Location: Zing Salon, Friday, March 28th, 7:30pm - 9:30 pm www.bouldercarriagehouse.org

Earth Hour
Earth Hour is an international event to raise awareness about energy use. From 8-9 pm on March 29th, cities across the world will participate by turning off lights for one hour in buildings, homes and restaurants. For more information visit www.earthhour.org

KidLinks Golf Tournament
Help Downtown send special kids to summer camp by participating in the KidLinks Golf Tournament on Wednesday, May 21st at Lake Valley Golf Club.
Downtown businesses can play in the tournament or participate by contributing prizes. To donate a prize or for more information, contact Renae Foxhoven (renae@dbi.org)

Website Survey Results
Thank you to the 683 persons that took our recent online survey rating the Downtown Boulder website. The results showed that 70% primarily use the site for event information and 39% visit for shopping/dining information. When asked satisfaction with the website on a scale of 1 to 5 (1=”Very Unsatisfied”/5=”Very Satisfied”), the average score was 4.1.

Downtown Boulder would also like to congratulate Ellen Buckley of Westminster on winning the $150 gift card drawing of those that took the survey.

Parking Paystation Q & A

Q: What happens if a pay station doesn’t work?

A: The pay stations communicate with the parking division employees to report a problem. The problem will be corrected quickly, but until it is fixed, it is your responsibility to pay another nearby unit.

If you have a specific question you would like answered send an email to parking@dbi.org.

Website Tips and Tricks
Did You Know…

We have a comprehensive section on starting a business in Boulder?

Try it...

  1. Go to www.boulderdowntown.com
  2. Click on the “biz” icon (shaking hands, 4th row, 2nd column)
  3. On left side, click on “Resource Guide” button

Use the links to navigate and find a wealth of information on starting a business in Boulder!


NEW MEMBERS

Easytrack Payroll
Contact: Brian Senjem
4247 Prado Drive | (303) 618-7287

State-of-the-art web based payroll service specifically designed for small businesses with 1-50 employees. Taxes filed for you, direct deposit, Quickbooks import, email reminders, employee online access to paystubs, MBA business quality support, and more.
www.easytrackpayroll.com

prAna
Contact: Kat Guay
1147 Pearl St. | (303) 449-2199

With deep roots in rock climbing and yoga, prAna designs include performance and lifestyle apparel. PrAna is truly unique in its ability to blend purposeful fabrics and features with contemporary style, creating genuine versatility. PrAna is also known for its contributions to sustainable business practices including use of renewable energy and integration of organic and recycled materials.
www.prana.com

Oliv Me & You
Contact: Patti Scott & Jodi Spencer
2043 Broadway| (303) 444-1118
Specializing in Olive Oils from around the world as well as fine foods and gifts. Serving espresso drinks, teas, patries, and ciabattas. Come in and enjoy a European experience right here in Boulder.


SPOTLIGHT ON

BIFF and the Beeck Sisters

As the founders of the Boulder International Film Festival, which just completed it's fourth season in Downtown Boulder, Kathy and Robin Beeck have worked hard to see their dream become the successful reality it is today.

The sisters, who spent their youth dispensing popcorn and movie tickets at now bygone theatres here in Boulder, realized that the silver screen was in their blood. After both spent time in the corporate world, they made the switch to cinema with the documentary "Grandpa's In the Tuff Shed" in 1998 with Kathy as Producer and Robin as Director. They reprised the theme with 2003's " Grandpa's Still in the Tuff Shed".

In 2005, after more than a year of planning, they brought Downtown Boulder the first Boulder International Film Festival. That first year less than 5,000 people attended and by this year more than 13,200 chose to take in more than 50 films, featuring filmmaker Q&A's and the popular opening and closing night galas.

Festival Director Kathy Beeck remarked that "Being Downtown makes it easy for everyone to access venues and receptions and be able to enjoy all the wonderful facilities." With an increase in audience of 65% over last year's festival, this four year old festival just keeps getting bigger and better!

Downtown Boulder salutes Kathy and Robin Beeck for bringing the world of independent film to Boulder. If you would like to become a sponsor or volunteer with the BIFF, visit their website at www.biff1.com


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