Libby Bortz Assisted Living located in downtown Littleton (5844 South Curtice Street, Littleton, CO 80120), is having it annual Valentine’s Day Dance this Wednesday, February 14 at 2 pm and is looking for volunteers from the business community to dance with residents. A live band- The Golden Tones will be playing music and light refreshments will be served. If interested please contact Jan at 303-347-9755.
Herbalist, aromatherapist and spa owner Kim Cherie, of K Cherie Spa and Bed & Breakfast at 5533 S. Prince St., is teaching all natural skin care classes at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Profiled in national publication Willow and Sage, Kim has worked for decades as an herbalist and aromatherapist. Using over 65 herbs she grows onsite at the spa, Kim creates skin care products customized for individual skin types. She’ll share this wisdom and give participants the opportunity to concoct formulations unique to their individual skin care needs at classes held at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The first class is scheduled Thursday, May 24th at 6 pm at the 1007 York Street location; the second is at the Garden’s Chatfield Farm location at C-470 and Wadsworth on June 23rd at 1 pm. If you can’t make it to a group class, Kim also teaches individual classes. Contact her at 303-910-2152 to schedule.
With an unemployment rate of 2.9%, more than 13,000 open computing jobs and just 785 computer graduates in 2015 in the state, Colorado technology companies are competing in the same shallow talent pool to fill open positions. Colorado Technology Association’s (CTA) Foundation and Skillful have partnered to help anyone involved in hiring – from HR managers to startup CEOs – sharpen their process from start to finish through a three-part Skill Works series, which will launch in February. Cost to CTA members is $79.00, non-members pay $149.00.
In December, Congress passed the most sweeping tax reform legislation since 1986. Two changes in the bill allow commercial and residential property owners to write off the full cost of sprinkler systems installed between 9-27-2017 and 12-31-2022. More details here.
The long-awaited Circle K convenience store at 3694 W Bowles opened Thursday, 1/18/18. The first of the franchise’s megastores to open in Colorado, this location offers a wide variety of foods prepared on site in addition to the usual convenience food, beverages and travelers’ supplies. Sweet and savory pastries like donuts, kolachkes, and breakfast burritos are made fresh daily. Lunch and dinner items include healthy salads and fruit along with made-to-order hot and cold sandwiches. Special foods like the Mardi-Gras themed boudin sausage sandwiches now available will change with the calendar. The well-organized, squeaky clean store even offers reasonably-priced, made-to-order pizzas for take-out.
At last week’s National Retail Federation annual conference, five future trends in the retail industry were outlined. The predicted retail trends:
- Prices change by the hour – although a standard practice in online retail, dynamic pricing is beginning to enter brick and mortar establishments
- Digital mirrors help customers visualize new outfits, lipstick, sunglasses using 360-degree videos that shoppers can send to friends and family for instant feedback
- Robotic shopping carts & cart-less shopping. Robotic carts upload shopping lists, guide shoppers to products, handle check-out and after the cart is unloaded automatically return to the store. In the cart-less shopping experience, customers use their phones to add items to a virtual cart as they walk through the store. At the end of the trip, items can either be picked up or mailed.
- Technology for better-fitting shoes and clothing. Retailers are collecting customer data that they use to recommend clothing. Customers can send a retailer photos of an item and the store will suggest coordinating items.
- Robots that restock shelves and answer shopper questions and help shoppers locate items