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SQS013: Phylecia Jones

One of my favorite things to do with Square State is to discover people’s backstories. Basically, how did they end up in Colorado, how has it been, and has their experience been what they expected?

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Phylecia Jones shares her story of :

  • Deciding to move to Colorado

 

  • The experience so far

 

  • How she and her husband made the decision to move to Colorado

 

  • I wonder if she found the state expensive?

 

  • The experience of running a business in Colorado

 

  • The experience of being a person of color in Colorado

 

  • Is it easy to meet people here as an adult?

 

  • Her biggest piece of advice

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SQS012: Colorado Ski Country’s Chris Linsmayer Stops By #NeverSummer

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It’s Friday. October 6, 2017 and I’m super excited because it’s going to snow on Columbus Day! Chris Linsmayer and I spoke about preparing for ski season 2017-2018. We’re also giving away a Gem Pass so make sure to click HERE to enter to win.

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Ski Season is Coming

  • Chris Linsmayer from Colorado Ski Country USA

 

  • Awkwardly dropping ski lingo. But, I do actually use it LOL!

 

  • We speculate if Loveland or Arapaho Basin (ABasin) will the first to open this year. There is snow in them thar hills!

 

  • We discover that we went to rival high schools

 

  • His favorite mountain to ski in Colorado

 

 

  • What does Colorado Ski Country USA…do?

 

  • The Winter Park Ski Train (can’t wait to take it!)

 

  • Some advice for new adult skiers

 

  • Where to find ski Related Communities…where to find like-minded people

 

  • Is it possible to ski…frugally? Chris shares some strategies.

 

  • Looking for work at a resort? NOW is the time to apply

 

  • One piece of advice for your next ski trip

 

  • Getting gear for less-Sharing my process!

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SQS010: Leslie Kleiman

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Leslie Kleiman

I decided to get back into shape and tried to find a class that would be challenging, fun, and had great music. I discovered Groov3 and Leslie Kleiman (the instructor). We soon discovered that we had a ton of mutual friends and had even participated in the same program (UWP).

  • She’s originally from Arizona.

 

  • How she found her way to Colorado.

 

  • The student vs. staff experience in UWP

 

  • Once in a lifetime opportunities and experiences

 

  • I get emotional

 

  • Amazing LOL!

 

  • Groov3-I’m so obsessed.

 

  • How does dance create community?

 

  • Want to become a Groov3 instructor?

 

  • We talk community building in Denver.

 

  • We talk about Colorado life (including cost of living)

A Groov3 Class (tiny snippet)

I LOVE this class. I use Class Pass so that I can check out different classes throughout the Metro. Click on my affiliate link to sign up for Class Pass and receive $30 off your first class pass month. Tell Leslie that Michelle Jackson sent you!

*Music is a result of video recording. I do not own it.*

 

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SQS009: Denver Start Up Week

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Denver Startup Week 

Is one of my favorite business-focused events in Denver. Why do I love it so much? Let me share the reasons why:

  • It’s free!

 

  • Even though it’s free, the vision of the founders and planning committee is big picture focused.

 

  • The knowledge shared.

 

  • The speakers
    • Mark Cuban
    • Bryan Leach
    • Casey Neistat
    • Just to name a few of the amazing people who are sharing their wisdom during the week.

 

  • Denver Startup Week Highlights Colorado-based businesses

 

  • The networking

 

  • The parties!

In this episode, I share 10 tips on how you can have a phenomenal experience at this year’s Denver Startup Week event. Can’t wait to see you there!

Casey Neistat (my favorite video by him)

SQS004: Cultura Craft Chocolate

Matt from Cultura Craft Coffee

Matt Armstrong

I am a chocolate addict. When I emotionally eat, good chocolate is what I like to reach for. Also, when I’m happy…you get the idea. I love all things chocolate. So, when I noticed a large number of chocolatiers/chocolate companies in Denver, I thought it would be great to talk to a couple of them to figure out what the deal was…and, hopefully score some free chocolate. I didn’t get any from Matt because I forgot to…ask..beg. But, we had a good time talking about chocolate.  Enjoy the interview.

Colorado Chocolate 

  • What’s the deal with all the chocolate? There is a ton of great chocolate being made in Colorado. I’ve had a great time “sampling” all of them.

 

  • Dead Dog Chocolate has changed to Cultura Craft Chocolate. Why the branding change?

 

  • What Matt’s role is in the company. Matt is originally from Cali (with a couple of stops along the way). I’m curious about how he got connected with Culture Craft Chocolate.

 

  • Chocolate makers vs. chocolatiers. What’s the difference?

 

  • The ongoing process of educating consumers about their chocolate (quality vs. cost). I love supporting local businesses and know that cost and getting consumers to be comfortable with potentially spending more is an ongoing challenge.

 

  • Matt’s business experience in Colorado so far.

 

  • We get sidetracked by his taco love. It’s kind of hilarious how much he loves tacos. He let’s me know if Denver has any good places to check them out.

 

  • We discuss how Matt got into chocolate making. It’s a pretty cool story!

 

  • Drinking chocolate and getting consumers to make the switch to higher quality chocolate. It has less sugar but tastes so good.

 

  • I wonder about his favorite chocolate and the most popular bars that they sell.

 

  • I get nosey.

Where to Find Cultura Craft Chocolate

 

 

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SQS003: Julie Rodriguez: Denver Nomz

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In this week’s episode, I speak with Julie from @DenverNomz a foodie Instagram feed that I follow. I’m going to be honest and say that it amazes me that Denver even has a foodie scene to talk about. In fact, I’m so fascinated by this, that I plan to talk to other people in the foodie space and continue to explore good eating in D-town.

The Notes:

  • I geek out about High Lonesome Ranch. A food experience that I WILL have sometime in the next 12 months.

 

  • Julie finds her “online” voice

 

  • I wonder how Julie grew her Instagram feed so quickly.

 

  • Going from the East/South/Cali-to Denver. We talk about foodie expectations.

 

  • Julie almost loses her street cred with me because she doesn’t like green chili. I gasped.

 

  • She’s able to explore Denver’s food scene because it’s a lot more affordable.

 

 

  • We talk unexpected places.

 

  • Wrapping my mind around Birdcall.

 

  • We talk the evolution of this project.

 

  • Julie gives some advice regarding sustaining blogging focus.

Julie’s Camera: Nikon D3400

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Square State Podcast: Ben Thomsen

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It’s painful to admit that I actually recorded this episode on a beautiful day in November from the patio of one of my favorite coffee shops in Denver. It is one of my favorite conversations on entrepreneurship, drive, and friendship. It’s also painful because Ben Thomson took time out of his day to drop some wisdom my way and then I didn’t share.

Pod Fade 

Is a painful thing. If you are looking to start a business the following story is a great one to learn from.  It is possible to work with friends, it is possible to have more than one project and it is possible to grow creative endeavors.

Ben Thomson

Shamus McNutt, and Mark Grubbs are a trip who aren’t f#cking around. They are making the city of Denver theirs-one business at a time. I look forward to watching their businesses and sphere of influence grow in the upcoming years.

Flow State Marketing

Looking to grow your business and need some help with marketing-Ben Thomson and his friends/colleagues have worked with some amazing brands. Check them out.

Denver Munchies

It blows my mind that Denver now has a food scene…with good food. No more just steaks (even though they’re good) and potatoes. Check out Denver Munchie’s Instagram feed to get some foodie inspiration.