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- JUST WALK TOWARDS THE FLATIRONS -
Though no one knows the exact date this building was erected, town records date it back as far as 1906, when it housed Boulder’s Police Station. The Station’s next-door neighbor at the time was, fittingly, a house of ‘ill repute’ (four red velvet clad rooms were discovered in the basement next door, under what is now Jax Fish House, during construction in 1987).
In the 1950’s, the building was home to the Spaghetti Factory, a family owned Italian eatery. Next, The Red Cross took residence, until the City Council observed that the building was in the floodplain. The Council felt that it would be bad form to send rescue boats to the Red Cross during a flood. The Red Cross quickly made a move to higher and drier ground.
In 1987, Steve “Beaver” Goren and Marc “Minnie” Minion opened the original West End Tavern. In doing so, they not only named, but gave birth to Boulder’s thriving ‘West End’ retail district. The partners purchased the big, old, beautiful bar from Miss Kittie’s Saloon in Bayaud, Nebraska, stopping point on the original Oregon Trail. Miss Kittie herself sold them the bar and told them, based on expert calculations & the design, its likely birthplace was Omaha, Nebraska, in the late 1800’s.
Our furniture is a by-product of the 2002 Hayman fire, which destroyed over 70,000 acres of local old growth pine forest. Some of the biggest trees killed in that fire were salvaged to create the tables you see in our dining room today. There’s a lot of history in this old place, and plenty more in the making.
Long-time art director and graphic designer. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a BFA in digital art, I joined Rage Unlimited, a Boulder-based creative firm specializing in apparel design, corporate identity, and product development. I’ve worked closely with many Colorado businesses as well as a variety of national and international companies and campaigns.
Drawn to design as a means to explore new ideas, I plan to continue helping people and organizations communicate their purpose in imaginative and exploratory ways that resonate with their unique audiences.
I would consider myself a creative, motivated and highly adaptable designer and art director with over a decade of practical experience in a variety of different marketing and graphic arenas. Over the course of my career, both as an art director and a freelancer, I have had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects for an even more diverse set of clients. This diversity is what encouraged and allowed me to develop an adaptive nature as well as versatile skill set. I am driven, have a great work ethic and pride myself on always taking the initiative.