Square State

SQS019: Monthly Recap and Summer is Coming

Can you believe that it’s almost May? I can’t either! Today’s episode is a monthly recap. I also share a cool new locale that’s about to open in town and an upcoming event.

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Show Notes




  • The Dairy Block Development-I wonder about the lack of marketing on an INCREDIBLE new space opening this summer.




The Welcome Mat Events

The inaugural Welcome Mat Event will be held on May 4th, 2018 from 3:00 pm-4:30 pm. The purpose? To connect new arrivals with current Denver residents and create a welcoming place for residents to connect and create community.

Sign up HERE! To join in. The first event’s topic “How to Make Personal and Professional Connections in Denver.” 


Denver Bloggers Club

Denver Life: Hanging Out With the Denver Bloggers’ Club

One of the reasons why I decided to share my Colorado experience via this blog was to connect people with the different communities in the state. It shouldn’t surprise you that I’m an active member of the Denver Bloggers’Club, a community created by Jenny Finke author of the blog Good for You Gluten Free. And, last week we enjoyed another amazing event created to support local bloggers.

* In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Please read my disclosure here.*

Denver Bloggers’ Club

For those of you who wonder why would bloggers need to be a part of community? Well, there are a number of reasons why. Blogging, for many, is a very solitary affair. You created a blog post that you hope will connect with readers and then…crickets. Or, if you’re lucky, your mom will let you know that she checked out your website and she found a spelling error.

The Denver Bloggers’ Club is a warm community of men and women connecting over a common interest. I love it. Different topics are covered during each meetup ranging from:

  • Marketing


  • Growing page views


  • SEO

As well as other topics that bloggers need to know about. And, one of the coolest things that Jenny does is work with local sponsors so that members enjoy an incredible experience.


About a month or so ago, we had the opportunity to meet with the local team at Safeway. While Safeway is a national corporation, regions tend to be managed locally. And, there is a focus on supporting local farms, and food producers.

Safeway has also rolled out the Drive Up and Go Service that I love.

  • You order the groceries online


  • Set up the pick up time


  • Park in the appropriately numbered parking space


  • One of the grocers will come out with your groceries

Then, you’re done! I was incredibly impressed by the local team and they were so gracious and welcoming. I’ve always had an incredible experience shopping at Safeway. And, I always find myself chit chatting with the different people who work there. Many of the people who work at the specific stores that I shop at have worked there for years.

Uncorked Kitchen

Was a wonderful treat. If you’ve never heard of it-you need to schedule your next friends gathering at Uncorked Kitchen. Participants learn how to cook different dishes, there are monthly wine tastings, and even knife handling skills. There is a gorgeous patio facing the mountains and a bar. The group members had the opportunity to cook a delicious vegetarian meal that had a wonderful mango sorbet for desert.

If you’re interested in going for a date night or event please use the following savings code: SQSTCO18 for 15% off.  This code will be valid until October 31, 2018.

Uncorked Kitchen


Hamilton Denver

Denver Life: Going to See Hamilton

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve probably heard about the hit Broadway show “Hamilton” that swept through Denver in a flurry of Broadway tour madness. In fact, a year before Hamilton was due to arrive in town, the Denver Center for Performing Arts made it possible for subscribers to get tickets based on their theater subscription. I didn’t do that. In fact, I left it to chance because I had no idea what I would be doing a year from the time they started advertising the fact that the show would be in town.  Fortune smiled on me!


Going to the DCPA

Recently it was revealed that spending on arts and culture in Denver surpasses spending on anything else. This doesn’t surprise me. We’re not hicks just waiting for cool things to happen. We’re actively courting cool sh$t to come to town and actually making a point of enjoying the theater, art shows, and whatever else we can think of.

The DCPA is fun because it feels like there is no barrier to accessibility. Don’t have fancy clothes? No worries, just go. I’ll admit that I would love to see more people dressing up (am old-school ) but, if dressing up is keeping you from going to the theater-just be clean and smell good and enjoy yourself.


Ok, somehow Alexander Hamilton’s story became this epically interesting tale of intrigue, romance, and shadiness. Before I went to the show I’d only heard two of the songs and had a vague idea of what would happen. In fact, I was concerned that it was all going to be a bunch of hype.

It wasn’t.

And, as the show went on I found myself absolutely enthralled and caught up in the story of Hamilton, George Washington, and the rest. It was almost like watching the Maury Povich show “You are the father of…the United States…”

The music was incredible, the casting was amazing, and the story was based on real events.

There were problems such as the fact that demand far outweighed the availability of tickets. I had friends who were number 20,000+ on the epic waitlist. And, the tickets weren’t cheap. Cheaper than New York, but they weren’t cheap.

Finally, the show breezed in and out of town so fast it made my head spin. We needed more time. One thing is for certain, it’s obvious that the show will be back. Book of Mormon has swung through three times (it’s stopping through again this June).

The Queen City was a happy and willing host for the thousands of guests from surrounding states such as: Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and New Mexico who visit on long weekends to take in the sights of Denver.

So, did Hamilton live up to the hype? Yep, it sure did! The beginning of the show was a little slow for me (and I had to adjust to the musicality of the show). Once that happened I was transported into America’s founding fathers’ history.

I can’t wait to see it again and I do hope that people who missed the show the first time will get a chance to check out the show.

The Commons on Champa

SQS016: Jesse Shuler-The Commons on Champa

I’m not sure when I first heard of The Commons on Champa, a welcoming space for entrepreneurs in the process of starting and nurturing their new businesses. As a personal finance blogger (that’s my other project) I was intrigued and thrilled about the idea of a free co-working space. Fortunately for the City of Denver and the entrepreneurial community-The Commons on Champa is so much more than a “free co-working space.”

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Listen to the Show

Jesse Shuler: The Commons on Champa

One of topics that I’m very interested in is the idea of community and community building. With that in mind, I knew that I had to speak with Jesse Shuler, Community Manager of the Commons. In addition to being a great guy, he and Jacqui Dietrich (Manager of the Commons) do an incredible job of coordinator a vast variety of resources and connections for local startups.

Show Notes

  • What’s Jesse’s role


  • Who started The Commons on Champa?


  • What year did The the Commons Open?


  • What resources does it provide entrepreneurs


  • We dig deeper




  • I wonder how this is all free



Stay Connected with The Commons



Other Resources Mentioned


  • Michelle JacksonWork With Me
    • If you are an entrepreneur needing writing support, I would be happy to lend a hand. I’ve written for Vice.com, Aspiration, Centsai and other platforms. Check out my online portfolio HERE.


  • Hired-Looking to work with a business in the technology space? Set up your profile with Hired today!

The Colorado Tool Kit

Almost every Coloradan carries a mix of these items-and sunglasses!

30 Things About Denver

30 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Denver

I’ve lived in Colorado for the majority of my life. And, I’ve lived in two different cities in the state of Colorado: Boulder and Denver. For this post, I’m going to share 30 things you need to know before moving to Denver. And, some of these things may just surprise you!

* In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Please read my disclosure here.*

30 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Denver

  • Denver is NOT for Everyone-And, neither is Colorado. I have three friends who hated living here. It just wasn’t a good fit for them and they are moving to states that will make them happier.


  • Grew up around the ocean-Think hard before you move to Colorado. Two of the friends mentioned in the previous point grew up next two water. The dry heat, lack of rain, clouds, and lack of anything connected with water drove them batsh$t crazy.


  • It’s Expensive-I’ve even heard New Yorkers, Californians, and Chicagoans, say this. The difference is that housing expenses are still considered “low” compared to those cities BUT the lifestyle: happy hour, travel, fitness, skiing, mountain weekends, life music, and fun is expensive.


  • The Music Scene-Has gotten so good!! Finally, finally we’re having larger music festivals, and a nice diversity of musicians sharing their music with us.


  • People Love Dogs-Don’t laugh, I’m really not an animal person, but I like puppies. People LOVE dogs here. If you’re not into animals people may look at you side-eyed when you mention you’re not that excited about them. I know from experience. And, people (for the  most part) are pretty good about picking up their dog’s poop.


  • Kombucha is popular here and we have an amazing kombucha tap room in a neighborhood called “LoHi.”


  • African-American Ladies Let’s Talk-If you move here, it’s highly likely that you will spend some time finding a hairstylist. Then, once you find them, you will want to hoard this knowledge like gold. Or, go natural (or do both-usually what happens).


  • Denver is a Foodie City-It has taken my entire adult life for me to say with confidence that Denver has a fantastic food scene. And, I used to live in Paris. I will say that Portland has a slightly stronger food scene, but, I think we’re closing the gap. And, I consider Portland one of the best food cities in the U.S.


  • Mexican Food-If you talk to locals we will express frustration with our Mexican food. We make killer street tacos. BUT, you have to know where to go for great Mexican food. It’s weird that this has happened.


  • We love to party-Now…this is a bit loaded. But, we love any reason to party. We are some partying people. Don’t believe me? Here’s a list of a few things we celebrate.
    1. Cinco De Mayo-Let’s cruise up and down Federal Boulevard
    2. Derby Day-Let’s party
    3. Frozen Dead Guy Days-Local party connected to a frozen dead Grandpa in a tuff shed. I kid you not.
    4. The beginning of Ski Season (happens at the ski resorts)
    5. End of Ski Season (happens at the ski resorts) I highly recommend going to the end of season celebrations. It’s a great time.


  • The Theater Scene is LIT! I love going to the theater. We have the second largest theater complex in the United States. Some shows that I’ve seen in Denver include:
    1. Hamilton
    2. Wicked
    3. The Color Purple
    4. The Lion King
    5. Book of Mormon


  • Coffee is a Huge Past-Time-One of my favorite activities to do is explore the city and try out new coffee shops. There are a ridiculous number of great coffee shops elevating the coffee experience in Denver.


  • Phone Service Kind of Sucks Here-it’s a thing.


  • Internet Service Kind of Sucks too-It has gotten better since Centurylink started selling the highspeed broadband. But, it took awhile for that to happen and I have to renegotiate what I’m paying because it was so expensive when it was initially introduced.


  • We Work to Live, We DON’T Live to Work-You will never be shamed for wanting to leave work on Friday at 12:00 pm to go to the mountains. We get it. You worked hard and need some downtime. Or, you’re heading to the Rockies, going for a beer, a walk, or a bike ride. Again, no judgement.


  • Physical Activity is Considered Leisure Time-This is a very real thing. Most people will include an activity such as the ones listed below and then earn their beer, happy hour etc. It’s seriously a “thing.” Your new friends will suggest this and if you’re not into it…it may throw you off a little bit. We also enjoy:
    1. Hiking-for 3-5 hours (doing a nice trail) + nice meal and beer (I actually don’t like beer-but, you get the idea)
    2. Bike riding from Denver to Boulder (on my list) + a leisurely meal
    3. Fitness Classes + a nice meal


  • Buying Local is HUGE-There is a huge focus on buying local goods, services, and products. People are very interested in local products and it’s relatively easy to do because we meet these entrepreneurs around town.


  • Not Everyone Smokes Pot-We’re tolerant, but, please stop assuming that we’re all smoking a bowl. We’re not. In fact, I’m really glad that other states are legalizing cannabis so that people will stop focusing on Colorado’s legal pot.


  • Digital Entrepreneur? We understand what you’re doing and you’re not going to be ridiculed if you mention that you’re a blogger, vlogger, app developer, etc. Most people understand and are comfortable with the idea that people run digital businesses. Because, hey, you can work from wherever. Need a co-working space? Sign up with Deskpass! I love this service and it has allowed me to “date” different co-working spaces before committing to a favorite.


  • Bricks and Mortar Entrepreneur? We love you! Again, Denver is a great city for small business owners. There are a ton of resources, communities, and tools that entrepreneurs can access.


  • We Worship Athleisure-We’re not the most fashionable people. People have gotten better at dressing up for different events and seem to enjoy it. I’ve also begun to see more men wearing suits when I’ve been downtown during the work week (I love this-they look great!) . However, Fridays are always casual.


  •  Grocery Stores and Alcohol-You can’t purchase high alcohol content beer or wine in grocery stores. Don’t be shocked.


  • Sports are Everywhere-Denver is on of a handful of cities with every professional league. We also get a lot of international matches played in town for various sports. This year it’s New Zealand vs. England in an international rugby match held at Mile High Stadium.
    1. Denver Broncos-Football
    2. Denver Nuggets-Basketball
    3. Colorado Avalanche-Hockey
    4. Colorado Rapids-Soccer
    5. And, USA Rugby is headquartered here


  • The Arts Thrive in Denver-You will see a lot of public art, and the citizens voted and passed a tax (again) that helps grow the arts community and accessibility to the arts in Denver and neighboring communities. We have a ridiculous amount of free events, access to museums (on certain days) etc. for free as a result of this commitment to the arts.



  • There is a Homeless Problem-This is an American Problem, but, this list would be incomplete without mentioning this issue.


  • Food Halls are HUGE here-We have 3 opening in 2018. Here is an incomplete list of open food halls.
    1. Avanti Food and Drink
    2. Denver Central Market
    3. The Source
    4. Zeppelin Station
    5. Stanley Marketplace**Technically, this one is in our neighboring city Aurora. Worth going to!


  • Traffic and Drivers Suck Here-The people are so nice until they get behind the wheel. Then, they lose it. I’m convinced that people understand digital workers and telecommuters because the traffic is so crazy.


  • Conservative People Live in Colorado-And, more often than not, they are super nice and super sweet. The Denver Metro area, however, is pretty liberal.


  • Topless Women Happen in the Summer-I’m warning you now. Usually this seems to happen in large groups in Boulder and Denver.


  • People are really nice here-Really.