Keeping Colorado Smart with Mindfish

Many of WW Reynold’s tenants have been affected by the changes to our lifestyle and economy during the COVID-19 outbreak. One of these tenants, Mindfish, has been preparing Colorado’s students for standardized tests like the SAT and ACT for nearly 15 years now. Given that the rest of the 2020 school year looks uncertain, they are hoping to offer resources to not only keep students who have been out of the classroom on track academically, but will be preparing college applicants for the July SAT/ACT sessions.

Founded by Bill Huston and Ryan Krug, who both settled down in the Boulder area after studying at Stanford, the duo have made it their mission to become Colorado’s #1 test prep company. This goal is quickly becoming a reality, rapidly expanding from their original single office in the Cartwright Building into 3 suites that they now call home.

Mindfish had humble beginnings, however. What initially began as an adaptive learning company that set out to build technologies into Facebook evolved into an expertise and large client base for SAT and ACT clients. This ranges from students looking to prepare for the SAT and ACT, to academic assistance, and college essay support. Krug and Huston decided to look inwards and focus on the local test prep market right here in Boulder. It only took 2 years for Mindfish to outgrow their operations from students’ homes, libraries, and bookstores. In 2008, they leased their first office space in the Cartwright Building on the bricks of the Pearl Street Mall. Their continued growth speaks to Mindfish’s dedication to maintaining a learning environment that is helpful to their students, so a space that allows for one-on-one sessions with tutors as well as small group classes is essential.

Searching for that initial Boulder location started with looking for that hybrid space that would provide privacy for both students and administration. The location of the Cartwright building couldn’t have been more ideal: Boulder High students can walk right over from school, and those who come from around Boulder welcome the proximity to the RTD bus station. Tutors and staff at Mindfish can enjoy a more interactive day being in Downtown Boulder as well, especially since the one-on-one nature of tutoring can be tiring. Overall, the energy of being in the heart of the city is invigorating for tutors, staff, and students alike.

Beyond Boulder, Mindfish has added offices in Lakewood, two offices in Denver proper (including one in the Denver Tech Center), and a Boise, Idaho location. All of these offices have been thoughtfully chosen for their location and proximity to major high schools in the area. Krug hopes to open offices in Fort Collins and Colorado Springs.

Above all, they are trying to do their part to support the changes to life during the COVID-19 outbreak. Keeping the momentum going after switching to remote learning is an adjustment for everyone and Mindfish wants to make sure the drop-off is minimal when students are back in a classroom.

Woof Gang Bakery Comes Opens First Colorado Store in Boulder

Joining the plethora of pet-focused stores in the Sunrise Shopping Center, Woof Gang Bakery is a Florida-based pet retail and grooming chain that will open its first doors in Colorado. The leasing team at WW Reynolds helped Woof Gang Bakery find its perfect Boulder home as it steps into the Colorado market. We had a chance to catch up with Paul Allen, president and CEO of the franchise nationwide, who fills us in on what Woof Gang Bakery is, why they do what they do, and how they keep our furry friends happy. 

What is Woof Gang Bakery and how did it all begin? 

Woof Gang Bakery is one of the nation’s fastest growing pet retail and grooming chains. Woof Gang Bakery began as a single store in Jupiter, Florida in 2007. Paul Allen, president and CEO, and his wife Cara felt the need for a pet store that offered customers a better shopping experience. So, they decided to start their own pet store and create an environment where franchise owners and employees would know the name of their customers and their pets. In 2009, the company introduced professional pet grooming as part of the store experience – a service that compliments the retail side of the business.

What kinds of people/needs do you encounter at the bakery?

Each Woof Gang Bakery is a neighborhood store owned by a locally-based franchisee. We are focused on the needs of pet owners and the health and well-being of their pets. We pay close attention to the specific needs of customers and their pets and provide products and services that are tailor-made for them.

What prompted you to open a Boulder location?

As one of the nation’s fastest growing pet retail and grooming chains, pet-friendly Boulder was a natural choice. The Woof Gang Bakery Boulder location will be the company’s first store in Colorado.

What were you looking for in terms of space, location, and feature wise when looking for this space in Boulder?

In terms of space, we prioritize location, local pet ownership demographics, regular plaza traffic flow for everyday goods and services, and easy access to our storefronts. The spaces must of course be pet-friendly and accommodate our retail and pet grooming buildout model.

What’s in store for the future for Woof Gang?

With a vision to provide quality pet products and services in a customer service-oriented environment, Woof Gang Bakery is at the forefront of the pet industry, selling healthy pet food and treats and premium products and offering award-winning pet grooming services. We will continue to grow with steady, managed expansion to best enable the corporate office to support the needs of new and existing franchises.

Sterling Campus Video

The new Sterling Campus is one of Boulder’s most interesting projects happening right now. Not only is it among many new projects bolstering the business presence in east Boulder, it is next door neighbors with the beloved Valmont Park. Check out the latest video showing the future of the Sterling Campus:

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Drop Match, Table Mesa’s Newest Resident

Meet the new, stylish duo behind Table Mesa Shopping Center’s newest tenants, Drop Match. Kara Korhonen, owner of the wall paper and window treatment company, sat down with us to shed some light on what exactly Drop Match is, what it took for her to find the perfect brick-and-mortar location for it, and what Boulder and beyond can expect in the future.

The lease officially began February 1 and Drop Match will open its doors in mid-March.

What made you choose Table Mesa for your location? What were you looking for in an ideal space? 

“South Boulder is my home and I loved the idea of a three minute commute! I live in the neighborhood behind the Table Mesa Shopping Center and my son attends school at Southern Hills Middle School. And, because the Table Mesa Shopping Center bustles with activity, I knew it was the perfect location for Drop Match.” 

From a financial perspective I needed a small space. From a visual perspective I knew I could create a big, beautiful impact in a relatively small space. I’ve always been able to visualize – you have to in this line of work –  so when I toured the 764 square foot shop (which includes a storage area and bathroom!), I knew it was perfect for Drop Match.”

Tell us a bit about Drop Match. How did it all come to be? 

“I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and have worked in that realm for many years – as a nutrition counselor to babies and children, as a nutrition site supervisor and nutrition counselor to seniors, as a long-term care dietitian and as an online nutrition instructor to culinary students. However, it was time for a change. I’d always loved design and decided to take some classes at Front Range. In January of last year I got a job working as a design consultant and loved it! The company consulted on paint, window treatments, fabrics and wallpaper. I loved working with the window treatments and wallpaper. Because I did not make a liveable wage there – but loved the work and knew I was really good at it – I decided to venture out on my own. I had a little money saved up and decided to go for it. 

Because I love to learn, I attended courses for window treatments (in New York, Washington, Illinois and online) and wallpaper (in Dartford, UK). Initially, I worked from a home office, but I found it extremely difficult to sell wallpaper schlepping big, heavy wallpaper books around town. I realized if I wanted to really succeed, I needed a physical space where people could come and thumb through wallpaper books, look at and operate different window coverings, and discuss needs and wants in home decor related to window fashions and wallpaper. 

What kinds of people/needs do you encounter? What problem does Drop Match solve? 

“I work with all kinds of people – homeowners, renters, designers, real estate agents, general contractors, business owners and property management companies. As we all know, purchasing a home is a major investment and new homeowners often want – or need – new window treatments. I am able to provide them with options whether or not their cost investment is large. 

Let’s face it, Boulder is an expensive place to live and there are many renters. I see many rental properties with aluminum blinds because they are functional and cost effective. However, they don’t always suit the renters’ aesthetics. I work with renters who want something a little visually softer – and still easy on the pocketbook. 

In gorgeous sunny Colorado, often we need to control the natural light coming into our home. (Most people don’t like to wear sunglasses indoors.) I help clients by discussing their needs. For example, is it painfully hot and bright in the afternoon sun? Do you need privacy during the day? Do you need privacy at night? Do you need to protect your flooring and furniture from the sun? And then coming up with types of window coverings that will suit their needs – and be visually appealing.”

What’s in store for the future for Drop Match? 

“I’m excited because we’ve added Hunter Douglas to our window coverings product line and Osborne and Little to our wallpaper selections. I’m thrilled to be able to share with customers the latest in technology, fabrics and patterns. I can’t wait to help make people’s homes more beautiful!”

Sterling Trio and Valmont City Park: A Match Made in Heaven

After years of planning and building, the nearly 90 acres that sit south of Valmont Street in East Boulder is finally taking shape into the Valmont Bike Park and Valmont Dog Park. This is just one of many new, modern updates to the East Boulder neighborhood that will make it the next hottest spot in town for commercial real estate investment. With the University of Colorado right around the corner, and easy access to many of Boulder’s main roads and highways, East Boulder is expecting to see exponential growth in 2020 and beyond.

Nearly 12 years ago, City Council and the Parks and Recreation Department of Boulder started planning the development of Valmont City Park, which is about 90 acres of undeveloped land south of Valmont road. While ensuring that the plans addressed the needs of the community in a holistic way, city planners consulted with a community survey, industry trend analysis, stakeholders, community youth groups, and beyond. The result? A super park with amenities like:

  • Bike park
  • Dog park
  • Disc golf course
  • Skate park
  • Multi-use path
  • Picnic tables
  • Public restrooms
  • RTD access
  • Aquatic facility
  • Baseball field

The bike park and dog park portion were finished a couple years ago, while the ball field and aquatic facility have yet to break ground.

What makes the area even more relevant is the geographical gem stone that it is. Sitting just north of the rapidly developing and growing East Boulder, and so near the Boulder Municipal Airport, Valmont City Park adds incredible value to retailers, community members, and commercial and residential real estate professionals alike. The most recent updates to the project include enhancements to the skate park and pump track that is in the park.

In addition to Valmont City Park livening up a quickly developing neighborhood, the highly anticipated Sterling Campus which neighbors the city park is up for grabs. Consisting of 3 separate buildings that range from 20,000 SF to 30,000 SF, the Sterling properties are being completely renovated in 2020 as high-end flex office space sure to make any growing company turn its head. The renovations, geared towards creative tech, are designed by Boulder’s acclaimed Oz Architecture.

The fact that the three Sterling buildings can be leased together for a campus setup, combined with their proximity to the city’s Valmont Park Master Plan, make them a very unique opportunity for Boulder.

Update on The William Building, 1650 Canyon

The brand new building at 1650 Canyon Boulevard, The William Building, is coming along nicely. Our crew is working hard out there under the winter sun.

The three-story building coming soon to downtown Boulder will offer up to 25,146 Square Feet starting in Q2 of this year. The total space will be 57,475 square feet on a 1.32 acre lot.

Located right next to the Pearl Street mail and the RTD Transit Station, its tenants will benefit from both free RTD passes and 63 parking spaces on-site. Stay tuned for more updates on downtown’s newest addition!

Where to Ring in the New Decade in Boulder: New Year’s Eve

Don’t have plans for December 31 yet? Don’t fret, we’ve scoped out the hottest happenings around town for the festivities. Whether you’re watching the silver ball drop on TV, partying it up on Pearl Street, or enjoying a live show, there’s sure to be something for everyone here in Boulder.

Hotel Boulderado 

This downtown icon is going all out for the new decade, and their 111th Anniversary! That means two New Year’s Eve parties in the historic and beautiful hotel, starting with a Cuba-New Orleans hybrid called Carnevale di Boulderado that promises a buffet dinner, hors d’oeuvres, and special cocktails (did someone say, “mojitos?”). There’s no shortage of entertainment throughout the night with Colorado native Elevation Band playing live tunes, a photo booth, and carnival performers. 

For those ready to dance the night away, Hotel Boulderado will be hosting DJ B-Money in a speakeasy style party titled License No. 1. Party favors, a souvenir shot glass, and signature drink specials being poured all night can be expected. 

Breweries 

Following the speakeasy and throwback theme, Deviant Spirits Distillery will be hosting a “Great-Gatsby” and “Burning Man” hybrid festival. Of course, all of the special Deviant Spirits will be served up in specialty cocktails all night with a side of swing music, live burlesque, and circus-style performers. 

Post Brewing Company is bringing it back to the 80’s with a retro themed ski lodge party. Cover band The Goonies will be playing live tracks from the 80’s all night. Those who show up dressed to the nines will have the chance to win a season Eldora lift pass! 

Live Music 

Mr. Big Bear, an acoustic quartet, will be playing at the Oskar Blues Tap Room starting at 9 PM. For those wanting a theatre experience, FACE the Band, a nationally renowned vocal rock band from Boulder will be performing at BDT stage. 

Turkuaz with Swatkins and The Positive Agenda promises to be an eclectic lineup of performers. Turkuaz calls themselves a “horn filled experienced” that combines psychedelic pop, R&B, gospel, and afro-pop and puts on a high energy performance with vibrant costumes. Swatkins and The Positive Agenda will close out the night their feel-good funk sounds at the Boulder Theater. 

Bonus! New Years Day Event 

If you’re looking for something to do in the daylight, Colorado’s State and National Parks have free entry all of January 1. Ring in the new year with a winter hike!

Walking Paws Rehab

Walking Paws Rehab Comes to Sunrise Shopping Center

The newest tenant of Sunrise Shopping Center is helping your pets live a happier life. Walking Paws Rehab will be taking over a 1,300 sq. ft space to get your pets taking steps forward by using physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, and hydrotherapy.

Servicing Boulder for the last 3 years, Walking Paws Rehab and its owner, Danyel Wynn, focus on bringing bringing pets back to good health using a variety of industry-leading methods like laser therapy, electro-therapy and underwater treadmill exercises.

For Wynn, Boulder is the ideal place for her business. Considered one of the most pet-friendly cities in the nation, Wynn felt right at home, but struggled to find a retail space that suited her needs.

“Three years ago, every lease we were negotiating was either too expensive or too risky. Often, there were expenses and liabilities trying to be passed onto us like mold remediation, and I never felt like the lessor was on the same team as me,” said Wynn.

Wynn even says that the rough experience trying to find the perfect commercial space for her made her question why or how small businesses keep operating, given how difficult leasing and building in a space can be.

This same frustration is what lead Walking Paws to sublease space for years until the right location came about. Working with WW Reynold’s was like a breath of fresh air for Wynn. “Drew made the entire process simple, and for the first time, it felt like we were working together for a successful purchase.”

For Wynn, the lease was tenant friendly, with a reasonable rate and unbeatable location, all serviced with a smile and quick responses from the WW Reynold’s Leasing team. The location in Sunrise Shopping Center is incredibly convenient and has great visibility so Boulderites will know exactly who you are and where you’re located. Now that Wynn and Walking Paws Rehab have a permanent home in Boulder, she looks forward to building out the business and spreading the word to the pets and pet owners of Boulder– help your fur baby live a happier, healthier life!

Introducing: The New Sterling Campus in East Boulder

New Sterling Drive Campus a gem for East Boulder with over 85,000 sq. feet and iconic views of the Flatirons. 

W.W. Reynolds and Ivy Realty are proud to present Boulder with the new Sterling Campus, a trio of office buildings on Sterling Drive undergoing full renovations with state-of-the art design and modern finishes. The three buildings which comprise the new Sterling Campus are 5300 Sterling, 5305 Sterling, and 5330 Sterling

Sitting at a combined square footage of 86,485, the Sterling Campus presents a unique opportunity  for large companies looking to establish themselves in the tight East Boulder market. The Boulder bike path system and Pearl Parkway both lead directly to the campus, and the buildings themselves have a clear view of the Flatirons. 

Initially built in the 1980s, the Sterling Drive office spaces will be renovated by one of Boulder’s most renowned architects, Oz Architecture. Oz is a Colorado based firm that has been nationally recognized, with its hand in several Westin renovations in Colorado and California, and won several awards for its fire station renovations. Recently, Oz also created the office for PopSockets, a mobile phone accessory that quickly became one of Colorado’s fastest growing companies. Oz is known for its creative collaborations with their clients, hence the “pop stairs” that are a design marvel in the PopSockets office, reflecting the flexible and fun culture of the company. The Sterling buildings will be designed with modern and eco-finishes ideal for creative tech.

5300 Sterling Drive: 19,904 SF

5305 Sterling Drive: 27,330 SF

5330 Sterling Drive: 39,032 SF

East Boulder is one of Boulder’s fastest growing areas for real estate and development. With the demand for flex and warehouse space on the rise, east Boulder has enjoyed a flood of new investors and tenants.

While each building on Sterling Drive is available for occupancy individually, the proximity of the buildings along with the collective renovations present a rare opportunity for a company to establish a campus setting. With the help of Oz Architecture, we know that taking over Sterling Campus will be perfect for a quickly growing company to join the dynamic East Boulder market in a campus setting.

Orangetheory Fitness and More Join Table Mesa Shopping Center

Orangetheory Fitness, Boulder Fitness Kickboxing, and Flatiron Natural Pet join the roster at Table Mesa Shopping Center 

Table Mesa Shopping Center has long housed local businesses that embody all that Boulder has to offer: holistic and local goods and services with a focus on the holistic, active lifestyle and beloved Boulder restaurants. We’ve been proud to offer spaces for local businesses that make Boulder truly special, and are excited to announce the addition of a few more to the roster. 

Orangetheory Fitness

Table Mesa Shopping Center will Boulder’s second Orangetheory Fitness location. The success of its first location at the TwentyNinth Street Mall led to demand for a second, this time in south Boulder. The luxury fitness franchise has gained a cult-following across the nation with their high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts and classes. Backed by extensive research and exercise science, it’s no surprise that OrangeTheory keeps gym-goers (and, incidentally, shopping center visitors) coming back. And It’s no surprise that the wellness-driven residents of Boulder have demanded en masse that Orangetheory Fitness join the community. 

With retail shops like Runners Roost and Boulder Cycle Sport already found in the Table Mesa Shopping Center, Orangetheory is a natural fit for the center, and it hopes to bring a new wave of fitness enthusiasts to South Boulder. 

Boulder Fitness Kickboxing & Flatiron Natural Pet

Joining Orangetheory are Boulder Fitness Kickboxing and Flatiron Natural Pet. Flatiron Natural Pet is owned by South Boulder resident and pet supply industry veteran, Lleane Hughes, and will be offering an array of natural pet supplies. Finally, south Boulder will have its own pet supply store! Boulder Fitness Kickboxing will provide classes and workout sessions for everyone from beginners to intermediate kickboxers who want to break a sweat and have some fun. Give them a try; your first class is free!

Table Mesa and its many stores are bringing wellness to you, your friends, and your pets!