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I grew up in Park Hill and went to East High School. I was also a competitive ice skater for University of Denver during middle school and part of high school. I moved into the Highlands area about 16 years ago, and after my divorce I moved to the Golden/Lakewood area.
I really like the Wheat Ridge neighborhood because of the people and great schools.
In my free time
In my free time I try to spend it with my kids (three girls, ages 28, 12 and 8 and my son, 18). Every spring, summer and fall the girls and I take horseback riding lessons together. We ride western style at the Wild West Ranch in Arvada once a week, and last year my 8-year-old started gymkhana at the Indiana Equestrian Center.
On the weekends, we try to spend time together going to different fairs going on around town and fishing, swimming and playing tennis.
Starting Violet’s Venue
After my divorce I wanted to open a place for myself and the kids. I looked at several different restaurants that were for sale and when I came across this place, formally Riff’s — a rock-and-roll bar — I thought it would be great to turn it into a classy little music venue for the neighborhood where they can gather with friends and family to hear great local music. Some place nice for them to enjoy without having to drive downtown.
So the kids and I, with help from some of our friends, cleaned and painted the whole place. We had new floors put in and had some minor work done to change the feel of the entire space. We tried to get open in 30 days but made it in 45. It was a little hectic before opening because my son got an appendicitis and had to have surgery, and then right after opening the kids, my staff and myself got the flu. Thankfully, everyone is healthy now.
My kids have been here every step of the way. They were very involved before we opened, helped clean paint and fix up the place. They get to learn how to start a business from the ground up.
Offering something for everyone
I think this neighborhood should have a place that is comfortable and inviting to gather. It gives it a sense of community where you can meet and know your neighbors. I think this area has a tight community and I enjoy providing a place where you can go and have some drinks and listen to some great music.
To learn more about Violet’s Venue, located at 10151 W 26th Ave Unit B, in Wheat Ridge, visit www.facebook.com/VioletsVenueWheatRidge/
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