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October Newsletter 2019

Halloween Fun Facts

With fall and winter comes holidays, and while we don’t really celebrate this one with time off, Halloween is next.

Did you know that trick or treating comes from the Middle Age practice of the poor dressing up in costumes and going around door to door during Hallowmas begging for food or money in exchange for prayers?

The earliest known reference to “trick or treating” in North America is from Alberta, Canada in 1927.

Jack O’ Lanterns come from the Irish tale of “Stingy Jack”, which you can read all about here if you are curious.

For those of you that have little ones going out to forage for candy, we want them to be safe and enjoy themselves. We ran across a nice list of safety tips for trick or treaters and it can be found here.

Denver is also full of fun things to do for young and old including corn mazes, parties and movie nights. The folks at published a great list of happenings in and around town this year, check it out here.

We wish you and yours a Happy Halloween!!!!

Ski Season

We got our first dusting of snow a week or so ago…..that has to make you skiers  and snowboarders very happy!

In that spirit we thought we would give you the run down on Colorado ski resorts and what the schedule looks like for 2019-20.

Arapahoe Basin started making snow on October 2nd and opened on the 11th. Keystone immediately followed, opening on the 12th.

Loveland started making snow on the 3rd and while they have yet to announce their opening, they should be next.

Other notable resorts opening days:

Breckenridge-November 8

Winter Park -November 13

Eldora and Vail-November 15

Steamboat-November 23

Snowmass-November 28

For the full list of opening days, click here.

We hope all you snow lovers have a wonderful season of powder!

Can You Detect a Liar?

All of us tell lies….yes you too.

Most of them are harmless, designed to avoid hurting someone’s feelings.

“Do these pants make me look fat?” is a good example. (By the way, the answer to that question is always…”no honey”).

Those little lies are harmless and common.

What about when you are involved with a big negotiation? Or maybe trying to find out if your child was doing something they shouldn’t be?

We recently attended a cool seminar by Traci Brown that gave us some great tips on body language and other giveaways.

That got us thinking and certainly paying more attention to those around us. It seems that while the words people say are one thing, the body nearly always betrays the liar, IF we know what to look for.

We found a piece from Parade that interviewed CIA officers for their top signs that someone is lying to you.

Also, Forensics Colleges has their top 10 “tells” when someone might be hiding things.

All in all, we like to believe in the goodness of people, but that has gotten us in trouble before.

Being on the lookout for all of the non-verbal signs makes it much easier to detect deception.

Minimum Wage Increase

You may have heard that a law recently passed that allows any city in Colorado to set their own minimum wage.

The current minimum wage in Colorado is $11.10, with $12.00 going into effect on January 1, 2020.

Following this new law, Mayor Hancock immediately then proposed a big increase for city employees which was approved as follows:

“Under the approved measure, the minimum wage for city employees and contractors would raise from $11.10 to $13 per hour by this July. It would then increase to $14 per hour in 2020 and $15 per hour by July 2021.”

Restaurants in Denver are certainly concerned, as outlined here in 5280.

Denver Concierge pays our people well and always will, but this will certainly put pressure on our industry in total when it comes to getting the best people in your homes.

Looks like the days of a $25 cheeseburger might not be far away.

Winterizing Your Lawn

We talk a lot here about what we do inside your homes, but we also realize that outside is important as well.

We also know that many of you have beautiful yards and lawns, so we thought that we would give you a quick checklist of exactly what your lawn needs going into winter.

Hopefully you have had your sprinkler system blown out and shut off for the winter. Not doing so can obviously cause damage from freezing.

Beyond that, the folks at Rachio, who make an amazing automated sprinkler system came up with five things you should do to prepare your lawn for the impending cold.

That list can be found here, and is very straightforward. 

Monthly Award Winners

Please join me in congratulating our best performers for September 2019.

Our top Cleaning Associates for the month were Maria Zapata, Josefina Puga, Patricia Rodriguez, Aurora Dominguez and Concepcion Reyes.

In the Team Leader ranks, our top Team Leaders were Natalia Olivas and Rosa Chavez.

Thanks to all our team members for their hard work, and a special thanks to our award winners!

Congrats ladies!

Queen Bee Corner

by Angela

Keeping up with technological advances is daunting and not all are applicable to our business. However, over the years since the inception of Denver Concierge we have gladly embraced a few:

Cell phones; say no more. Ditto GPS.

Texting; it has been roughly two years since we introduced texting as an additional means to communicate with our clients.

It is an instant way to contact you in an emergency, or for you to contact us with last minute changes.

Door keypads; many of you now have keypads for the primary door of your home in addition to garage keypads, thus eliminating the need to give us a key, or hide a key.

If you are not texting me, and would like to, let me know.   If you want to change from key access to code, let me know that too!

In the meantime,

Happy Halloween!!!


September Newsletter 2019

Employee Safety & Wellness

We think we are pretty good at housecleaning, and we hope you agree.

However, there are a few other things that we think we are pretty good at, and none is more important than taking care of our wonderful associates.

We employ some amazing people and it is our mission in life to make sure they are properly taken care of. Did you know that we train our people intensively on how to operate safely in your homes? So much so that we have received Pinnacol Assurance’s (our worker’s compensation carrier) highest recognition for safety, their cost containment certificate. We have been recertified each year since 2006. In fact, along with full worker’s compensation insurance, we are bonded and carry a large amount of liability insurance, which we hope we never need.

We also conduct safety audits and our associates are evaluated not only on the quality of work in your homes but on the way they operate to ensure that injuries don’t take place.

This is also why we are very strict when it comes to using cleaning solutions other than the green-certified ones that we bring on every visit. No, we won’t use bleach, regardless of circumstance. There are occasions where you may have a special request and we consider all of these, providing we can ensure the safety of our people.

Finally, you may not know this, but along with paying our people well, we believe we are the only cleaning company in Denver that offers paid vacations to its associates. We also offer health insurance and are very flexible in allowing our people time off as needed.

We certainly know that we are not the least expensive choice you could make in choosing a cleaning company. We wanted to give you a peek behind the scenes to let you know that the price you pay for your clean goes to the proper place, as we support so many families across the front range.

The bottom line? Our folks love what they do and we love having you as clients.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our local business!!!

Judi’s House Luncheon

One of our favorite causes anywhere is Denver‘s own Judi’s House.

We have mentioned them here in the past, but wanted to do so again since they have a wonderful annual event coming up that we highly recommend.

For those of you that don’t know, Judi’s House was founded by our friends Brook and Brian Griese and it provides support for children that have suffered loss in their lives.  They have been instrumental in helping thousands of children deal with grief and heal from trauma.

Each year they host a luncheon called “Strength in the Face of Adversity”.  Past speakers include Mitch Albom, Bob Costas, Bob Griese and Archie Manning.

This year’s event is on the 2nd of October at the Hyatt Regency downtown and features former NFL running back and philanthropist Warrick Dunn.

We attend this great event each year, and we hope to see some of you there. Full event details can be found here, or you may contact Courtney Ellis at Judi’s House here, or call her at 720.343.8481.

5280 Dines Event

Yes, we do love to eat and experience all our fair city’s fine cuisine whenever we can.

When we run across an event that features 25 of Denver‘s top restaurants, we feel compelled to share.

On October 20 from 6-9 PM, The Hangar in Stanley Marketplace will feature the winning chefs from 5280’s top 25 restaurants across the front range.

The full lowdown on this “foodie” event can be found here.

For those of you that haven’t been to the Hangar, you can find details here. 

Tickets also come with a one year subscription to 5280 Magazine. Happy dining!

Airport Project Imploding

As you frequent travelers know, DIA is a mess. Recently we featured a story about the great hall expansion, which included costs and timelines for this massive $1.8B project.

Not so fast, as they say.

It seems this project has officially imploded with lots of blame to be thrown around.

From Westword, “After months of escalating disputes over cost overruns and delays, Denver International Airport will terminate its $1.8 billion contract with the development consortium it chose to oversee a massive terminal renovation project in 2017, officials said”

Whoops. With cost overruns and missed deadlines, evidently it was too much for the folks at DIA to bear.

The project was originally due to be completed in 2021, and has now been pushed out to 2025. Get ready for the mess at DIA to continue folks.

More details on the story can be found here courtesy of CBS 4.

Along with this recent news, it hasn’t been a good couple of months for the folks at DIA, that is for sure.

Life Lessons, Learned Once (Hopefully)

Every now and then we like to share self improvement stuff. Ever since the first email from popped into our inbox, we find ourselves reading more and more from the various writers they have there.

From marketing to self-improvement, the topics are varied and interesting.

This month we came across a great piece about 7 brutal life lessons that we all need to learn…..unfortunately often it takes multiple times for things to sink in.

From the article, “Some of the hardest life lessons repeat themselves over and over again, and it’s on each and every one of us to be reflective enough to witness them happening in the moment — so that this time around, a different decision can be made.”

The full text can be found here, it’s a quick read and we hope you enjoy it.

Monthly Award Winners

Please join me in congratulating our best performers for August 2019.

Our top Cleaning Associates for the month were Maria Zapata, Maria Sanchez, Josefina Puga, Martha Garcia and Aurora Dominguez.

Our top Team Leaders were Rosa Chavez and Natalia Olivas.

In the race for our annual winners, Maria Zapata and Aurora Dominguez are tied for the lead for Cleaning Associate of the year. Mayra Soto and Rosa Chavez lead the way for Team Leader of the year.

Thanks to all our team members for their hard work, and a special thanks to our award winners!

Congrats ladies!

Queen Bee Corner

by Angela

Through all the years Denver Concierge has been cleaning houses, our goal has been to make our clients’ lives easier.

Many of you are reluctant to report any concerns, or to bother me with added instructions or requests.

Please be assured that first of all I love hearing from you, secondly my main raison d’etre in the company is liaison between client and employee.

A quick text to me could save you time and possibly frustration.  I am also responsible for correcting any missteps that should occur in the cleaning process, which removes the client from the disciplinary process. Again, making your lives easier.

In closing, we are very indebted to our employees, and any interaction whether compliment or complaint is always carried out in a quiet, calm and respectful manner.  We are grateful to our clients for their equally respectful approach to the ladies who clean their homes.

As always thank you for being with us.


August Newsletter 2019

Fall is Here (Almost)

Wow, summer is going fast. Kids are back to school now; the Broncos are practicing and the mornings are just a bit cooler.

While we do have one more month of summer officially, Labor Day is approaching. Of course, we will be closed on that day, which falls on Monday, September 2nd this year.

As we roll into fall, we wanted to share some ideas on things you can do around your home to properly prepare for fall and the change in season that occurs. Everything from furnace inspections to gutter cleaning, there is always a lot to do.

We came across a great list of 15 projects that you can start to ponder, courtesy of the folks at Family Handyman.

For those of you that want to hold off on the outdoor stuff, we absolutely love the suggestions for “designing the perfect bedroom”, courtesy of our pal Marina Dagenais at Designer Premier this month. 

If you are super creative and have some time, we also came across this list of fun, but smaller DIY things you can do.

We hope you were able to get the kids back in school with very little fuss and we hope you have a wonderful end to your summer.

Go Broncos!!

Partners We Love

As our regular readers know, we love to feature true professionals in our “Partners we Love” section.

These are people that share our values when it comes to getting things done for their clients and operating in a professional and ethical way.

Our friends at Colorosa Commercial Properties/Keller Williams Commercial did a fabulous job managing the sale of our commercial property last month.

They managed the process, and our expectations masterfully throughout and adapted quickly when the inevitable curveballs came our way.

They are also great negotiators and understand the true art of “win-win” outcomes.

If you are looking for advice on a commercial property sale, or just want to know what is going on in the Denver commercial real estate world, please look up our friend Rachel Colorosa.

She is the managing partner and can be reached at 303-886-8154, or at [email protected].

5G Is Coming

Most of us have heard of 5G, but what does it mean for us practically?

Dish Network made headlines with a 2023 deadline for complete rollout of its 5G plan, including its partnerships with T-Mobile and Sprint.

While Denver isn’t fully implemented yet, we have seen the icon pop up on our phones, so we know something is up. Verizon seems to be leading the way in Denver, though.

In a nutshell, 5G provides more bandwidth than 4G (or 3G) for cell phone data users. This means speed increases of 5-10X!

On the other hand, the increased bandwidth will likely come with some coverage gaps, so all the coverage we have grown to love with 4G/LTE may not extend to the 5G network.

To fully understand the pros and cons of 5G, we found this article which lays it out nicely.

For a comparison of the speed difference that we can expect, the folks at Digital Trends came up with this informative piece.

We are always excited when technology takes a leap forward. For a list of where 5G is currently available and when it might be coming, by carrier, check this out.

Happy surfing!!!

Tax Evasion..Wait, What?

No, we do not advocate tax evasion.

However, we found an interesting article about the 2010 law that was passed that attempted to discourage hiding of income in foreign accounts.

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, required all foreign financial institutions to automatically provide the Internal Revenue Service with information on any accounts held by U.S. citizens.

This made it much harder for rich Americans to avoid U.S. taxes by hiding their money, and the investment income it generates, in foreign banks and opaque shell corporations.

Of course, there are always unintended consequences of ideas like this.

Folks have gotten more creative and are using new tactics like investing in real estate and art to skirt these requirements.

This article by the Stanford Graduate School of Business sums it up perfectly.

The bottom line? Folks will always look for creative ways to reduce/avoid taxes. Some legal ways to do this can be found here.  If you are lucky enough to be in the top 0.5% we found these strategies as well.

Is Grit better than IQ?

Our friend Heather Klutznick at Trilogy Financial posed that question in her monthly newsletter, and it caught our eye.

We have never been the smartest folks around, but we have always worked really hard. In fact, it’s always been our goal to outwork everyone around us.

The funny thing is when you do that, you end up ahead of at least half the people and companies you are competing with. Most people give up way too easily.

From her newsletter, “It turns out that intelligence might not be the best indicator of future success. According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, the secret to outstanding achievement isn’t talent. Instead, it’s a special blend of persistence and passion that she calls “grit.”

The full article from Forbes can be found here. We also ran across a short piece on that echoes this sentiment.

The bottom line? You cannot control your IQ, but you can control your effort and your attitude!

Thanks to Heather for publishing and sharing this information. To learn more about Trilogy Financial and the great work Heather does, she can be reached by the links above!

Stay gritty Denver.

Monthly Award Winners

Please join me in congratulating our best performers for July 2019.

Our top Cleaning Associates for the month were Aurora Dominguez, Josefina Quinonez, Sandra Puga, Sandra Vidales, and Maria Zapata.

In the Team Leader ranks, our top Team Leaders were Natalia Olivas and Rosa Chavez.

Thanks to all our team members for their hard work, and a special thanks to our award winners!

Congrats ladies!

Queen Bee Corner

by Angela

Just for fun I thought I’d throw out a few interesting facts about our employee training procedures

Very important!  We don’t have to teach our employees how to clean. We hire ladies who like to clean.  We guide them and teach them about product and equipment usage and safety measures in the homes.

Our ongoing challenge is to increase their awareness of the interior placement of objects and furniture.   The natural tendency is to move everything to clean, then put everything back – somewhere.

The total focus is cleanliness.  Throws, pillows, decorative items, toiletries; secondary. I know this is perceived by the client as the ladies imposing their own preferences, but truthfully, they just see the shining counters and clean floors.

One thing our ladies need no training in is their polite and pleasant demeanor, whether in your homes, amongst themselves, or with the office staff.

I honestly thank each Team Leader at the end of whatever conversation we have throughout the day, and I always pass along the kind comments of our clients. So thank you too!


July Newsletter

Did you Forget the Windows? 

We had a long talk with our window washer, and we realized he isn’t busy enough these days. With the beautifully hot and sunny summer we are having, we decided to refocus our efforts a bit.

Through August 31, anyone booking a window washing will receive 10% off. Just mention the newsletter to Angela and we will get you booked at the discount.

In case you actually did forget (we do it all the time), we have been washing windows now for a couple of years. We use only the finest products by a company called Unger, the world leader in window washing technology.

Did you know that over time windows will degrade if they aren’t cleaned? The majority of particles, like those that makeup water and minerals, can damage your glass windows over time. The particles will enter the glass’ pores and effectively contaminate and corrode the windows. The first things you may notice will be some light scratches or cracks, but an unmaintained window can eventually be altered on a structural level and will need a full replacement. Cleaning your windows will prevent this outcome and give your windows far more longevity.

We have some very cool stuff that will prevent streaking and spotting, and that will protect your windows going forward as well. Give Angela a call and we will get our window washer out to take a look and make sure your windows are sparkling clean!!!

Partners We Love

It’s been a while since we featured anyone here, as you know we are very picky about recommending folks to our beloved clients and partners.

We recently had our hardwood floors redone and they were nothing short of perfect. Following that, we had some laminate flooring put down in a commercial space and that was perfect as well!

So, we figured we would give a shout out to Hardwoods by Heaps. Scott Heaps, the owner, is as down to earth a gent as you will find.

His crew is professional, on time and gets the job done. On top of that, he keeps his overhead very low, and was the most price competitive on both of our bids.

If you need a quote on your flooring needs, we would suggest giving Scott a call. Mention Denver Concierge and he will give you his best rate!

His number is 303-886-6889, or you can email him here.

Best of luck with your floors!

Your Neighborhood Rated 

What are the best neighborhoods in Denver? Our friends at 5280 Magazine have spoken and the list is pretty interesting.

They utilized a formula that brings many relevant factors into play and seems fairly well thought out.

From the article “Our ranking uses four variables: home prices, crime data, school rankings, and an X factor score (more on that below). Each category is weighted (30 percent for year-over-year percentage increase in home values; 25 percent for safety; 15 percent for neighborhood school ratings; and 30 percent for the X factor).

The top neighborhoods?

1. Denver Country Club

2. Belcaro

3. Wash Park

4. Virginia Village

5. University Park

The full article, along with a very cool interactive map can be found here.

Hail and Colorado 

Hail. Ugh.

If you are like us, you are quite over it. We have many clients that have had extensive hail damage to either their homes or vehicles during this wild season of weather we seem to be having.

While there isn’t anything we can do to prevent hail, there are people that are working very hard to figure out how to mitigate its damage.

Colorado is especially prone to this destruction because it sits in what is known as “Hail Alley”, a swath of the country that also includes parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming.

Nationally, annual hail damage has topped $10 billion for home and car owners and lessees for more than a decade. The damages to properties, plus the resulting insurance payouts, just keep growing.

In fact, Coloradans have the third fastest rising hail insurance rates nationwide.

So, what can we do? The folks at NCAR in Boulder are spending lots of time on this problem and that story can be found here.

For ways to protect your home against hail damage (there aren’t many things to do) please check this out.

Leading with Compassion 

Yes, that is the Dalai Lama.

What does he have to do with leadership, you may ask?

We see stories in the news continually that give us examples of poor leadership. We have had bosses in the past that believed that intimidation and fear were the only way to get things done.

We left those jobs.

Most people do. In fact, more people leave jobs due to culture than pay, and it’s not even close.

The Dalai Lama chimed in on leadership with compassion in mind, and it struck a chord with us.

From the article, “Leaders, whatever field they work in, have a strong impact on people’s lives and on how the world develops. We should remember that we are visitors on this planet. We are here for 90 or 100 years at the most. During this time, we should work to leave the world a better place.”

“What might a better world look like? I believe the answer is straightforward: A better world is one where people are happier. Why? Because all human beings want to be happy, and no one wants to suffer. Our desire for happiness is something we all have in common.”

We hope you take time to read this simple but meaningful piece on true leadership. We try every day at Denver Concierge to lead in this manner and we hope it shows in your homes!!

The full article can be found here.

Monthly Award Winners

Please join me in congratulating our best performers for June 2019.

Our top Cleaning Associates for the month were Josefina Quinonez, Aurora Dominguez, Rosario de La Rosa, Maria Zapata and Sandra Vidales.

In the Team Leader ranks, our top Team Leaders were Rosa Chavez and Natalia Olivas.

Thanks to all our team members for their hard work, and a special thanks to our award winners!

Congrats ladies!

Queen Bee Corner

by Angela

I would like to send out a reminder to please run all instructions for your team through me here at the office.  Sometimes the ladies are unsure of the instructions given by the client but are too shy to ask them to explain.

In the same vein, our insurance company is very strict as far as what the ladies are allowed to clean in the houses, how they clean (e.g. no ladders higher than 3 steps), and what products can be used.  This is strictly for the safety of the employees, and my involvement adds another layer of assurance.

I meet with the teams each day before dispatch to give out instructions and convey any client concerns or compliments.

You can always send me a text if that is quicker. 303-588-6847.

Happy summer! Stay cool!


June Newsletter 2019

Summertime is Here 

The summer solstice is this Friday, June 21st. We are finally ready to switch over from spring to summer.

Wait, we had a Spring? The last few months in our fine city sure didn’t feel like it!

But, on to bigger and better things. We love to share fun stuff to do around Colorado here, and this newsletter is no exception.

First to business though. We will be closed for the 4th of July, which falls on a Thursday this year. We will be back in the saddle on Friday the 5th, doing our thing in your homes.

So, what to do in Colorado this summer? We are sure many of you have vacations planned but for those of you that are still thinking about ideas, we have a few!

How about some food? The nice people at 5280 Magazine published a list of road trip worthy food festivals that range from Jackson Hole to Telluride. They also include a couple here including The Big Eat and Slow Food Nations.

How about Colorado wine country? AAA is currently sponsoring train trips out to experience Colorado wines with a lovely ride through the Rocky Mountains. For you beer lovers, they also have trips that include brewery tours. More info can be found here.

For those of you taking road trips, it looks like gas prices should hold just below $3 for the summer. 

Finally, for those of you that want to stay closer to home, we found a fun list of things that we can all do, depending on just how much time and freedom you have. For a list of ways to make the most of your summer in Denver, check this out!

We hope you all have a spectacular summer!!!!

Denver Area High Schools Ranked 2019

We know many of you have young adults in waiting attending high school.

Have you ever wondered how good the school your child attends actually is?

The 2019 rankings are out, and there were a few changes from last year.

We found a fascinating list of not only the top 25 Denver area high schools, but a comprehensive ranking of all high schools nationwide.

Locally, D’Evelyn High School came out number one, and is ranked 131st nationwide. The top five schools are followed by Denver School of the Arts, Kipp Denver Collegiate High School, Strive Prep, and STEM Middle and High School.

US News and World Report has put together a very comprehensive tool that will show you exactly where each high school rates for 2019.

That tool can be found here, we hope you find it as interesting as we did.

Green Clean Renewal 

I bet you didn’t know that we are 100% Green Clean Certified, through the Green Clean Institute, an independent company that certifies housecleaning.

That was our attempt at humor. Of course you do, because we try to remind you all the time.

In case it slipped your mind, DenverConcierge was the FIRST certified green clean company in Colorado (2008), and we were just awarded our renewal again for 2019.

Our staff both inside the office and in the field are well versed in all aspects of green cleaning and we only use 100% certified products.

Certification is a process that requires us to stay up on all the latest products and techniques to ensure your home is 100% safe for people and pets.

We have great respect for our environment, and we appreciate all of you for feeling the same way by choosing our humble company.

Thank you for sharing our vision of a clean and non-toxic planet.

Competition at Work 

How does competition at work affect you?

A recent study at Stanford illustrates that this is a very nuanced concept that can go horribly wrong if not managed properly.

Too often we encounter ruthless people that behave in ways that are counterproductive not only to the goals of our company, but to the detriment of careers, and theirs.

In fact, cutthroat competitors who resort to sabotaging perceived rivals instead may end up undermining their own chance of achieving important goals.

From the article, “Within companies, competition “is something that needs to be carefully structured and managed. It does increase engagement, which is good. But it can also have destructive effects, especially if workers transform attainment of individual goals into a quest to prove that they’re better than the man or woman at the next desk, she says. Additionally, our fixation upon winning can spawn faulty beliefs that lead to inaccurate predictions of outcomes.”

The full article can be found here, and it provides suggestions for companies to structure things in ways to mitigate the risks for all involved.

Fascinating stuff for sure.

Fun Summer Projects

We covered the travel part for you intrepid souls, figured we might want to cover those of you that want to stay home and do fun things around your house.

We consulted a few different sources, including Mr. Handyman who came up with a few gems, including a DIY chalkboardraised garden bed and a floating deck.

The folks at This Old House came up with a very useful list of 28 fun summer projects that can be done over the weekend (well, it might take us longer, we aren’t really good at anything besides cleaning).

Lastly, for those of you with children, we know they are out of school and sometimes bored out of their minds.

We ran across some great ideas to keep them occupied and out of trouble and that can be found here.

Good luck on whatever you decide to tackle!

Monthly Award Winners

Please join me in congratulating our best performers for May 2019.

Our top Cleaning Associates for the month were Maria Zapata, Josefina Quinonez, Aurora Dominguez, Josefina Puga and Rosario de La Rosa.

In the Team Leader ranks, our top Team Leaders were Martha Anchondo and Mayra Soto.

Thanks to all our team members for their hard work, and a special thanks to our award winners!

Congrats ladies!

Queen Bee Corner

by Angela

Because I have been in this business for so long, my interests have branched out from cleaning to anything to do with houses; architecture, interior design, history, etc.

I often find interesting articles, so I thought I would share a little history with you this month.

As early as the 19th century, American houses began to change from being overtly grand as in England, to smaller and easier to manage. Because the architects were concerned only with the building itself, several innovative women of the day took the initiative and began working with the architects to make the interiors more efficient for the woman of the house.

They quickly decided that built-in furniture was the way to go. Easier to clean than free standing trunks, armoires, cupboards, and cabinets.  For the first time, closets came into being.  A coat closet near the entrance, a broom closet off the kitchen, medicine cabinet in the bathroom, linen closet in the hallway.

These women arranged the kitchen appliances to be in easier reach, and added bar counters and islands, again to replace free standing cupboards.  Truly far reaching ideas still in use today, albeit on a much grander scale.

I say hurrah and thank you, ladies, for making our lives easier.


May 2019 Newsletter

Memorial Day Facts and Events

Each year on the final Monday of May, we celebrate those that have given all for our country. Did you know that Memorial Day used to be called Decoration Day?

It was meant to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers that died during the American Civil War. By the 1900’s it became a day to celebrate all Americans that have died in service around the world. It was renamed in 1967 and became a federal holiday in 1971.

This year it falls on Monday the 27th, and of course, Denver Concierge will be closed.

Meanwhile, a few facts that you probably didn’t know about Memorial Day:

1. Congress passed a law in 2000 that requires all Americans to stop what they are doing at 3 PM on Memorial Day to remember and honor those who have died in action.

2. The flag is supposed to be flown at half-mast until noon, then raised to full mast until sunset on Memorial Day.

3. There were more American lives lost during the Civil War than the two World Wars combined. Approximately 620,000 died during the Civil War while approximately 116,516 died in World War I and approximately 405,399 died in World War II.

4. There are more than 300,000 fallen soldiers buried at Arlington Cemetery. On average, there are 28 burials there each day.

We take this time to honor the fallen and show our gratitude for the freedoms we have in our great country.

This is also a wonderful time to spend with family and friends doing fun things. For you campers out there, 5280 Magazine had a few ideas here. Also, the Denver Arts Festival is taking place this weekend, its 21st year here. Details on that fun event can be found here.

We hope you have a relaxing three-day weekend and get to spend it with the ones you love.

Hot Rocks Griller Challenge

Those of you that follow us know we love to support local charities and good causes.

Every year the nice folks at Denver Health promote a cool event called the “Hot Rocks Griller Challenge”.

This event kicks off the summer concert series at Elway’s in Cherry Creek, and all the fun supports men’s health initiatives.

From the Denver Health website:

“The Hot Rocks Griller Challenge will kick off summer fun with a fired-up grilling competition. On a warm summer evening, supporters flood the courtyard patio outside Elway’s in Cherry Creek to enjoy live music, spectacular food and drinks, and games.

More than a dozen of Denver’s best chefs will compete in a sizzling sliders ’n’ sides cook-off with attendees eating the grilled creations and voting for the winner.

Better yet, all the fun will support men’s health programs.

This is summer’s most popular patio bash, attracting 1,000-plus guests, including government, business and community leaders, foodies, professional athletes, and local celebrities.”

We go every year and we hope to see you there. For more information on sponsorship, or ticketing you can learn all about it here.


Denver Area Zip Codes & Housing Growth

While there are rumors that the housing market might be slowing, the amount of construction we continue to see around our fine city have us thinking maybe not.

We ran across an interesting infographic about which zip codes have grown the fastest over the last 10 years, expressed as median home value.

Lots of cool information and it’s all interactive.

Growth information can be found here.

In case you are wondering about the possible correlation between home value and wealth by zip code, we also found some interesting data on that.

The three wealthiest zip codes in Denver?




If you live in one of these….well, we aren’t sure what that means, but congratulations?

The entire list is pretty interesting though.

The full list of zip code/income information is here.


Afraid of Self Driving Cars?

71% of you are, according to a study performed by AAA.

From the article, “Self-driving technology is evolving on a very public stage, and headlines about tragic failures tend to grab more attention than those about incremental successes,” said AAA Colorado spokesman Skyler McKinley.

“The good news is that once consumers interact with partially or fully self-driving vehicles, much of the mystery disappears – opening the door for greater acceptance.”

We decided to learn more, so we did some research.

We found a very informative piece by the Union of Concerned Scientists that explains exactly how this works, as well as what it might mean for our future.

The pros and cons of self-driving vehicles are many. We were surprised to learn that 81% of all car accidents are caused by human error. A computer would surely have a lower rate than that.

The auto insurance center also did a list of the 20 pros and cons of self-driving cars and we wanted to share that with you here as well.

We certainly live in interesting times!

40,000 New Jobs Coming

Yep, that’s a lot of jobs!

The Lone Tree area is planning a massive project that will bring those jobs and a lot more to the surrounding areas.

The new community will be called RidgeGate and consists of around 3,500 acres south of Lincoln avenue around the I-25 area.

Coventry Development Corp., the master developer of the 3,500-acre multi-use community, revealed their plans for a 400-acre expansion on the east side of Interstate 25 that’s slated to include 12 million square feet of office, retail and health care space, 10,000 homes and more than 600 acres of parks, trails and natural habitat. The east side of I-25 is comprised of 2,200 acres of land, 400 of which will be used for the expansion.

The expansion, which is named “Lone Tree City Center,” will be marketed as Lone Tree’s new downtown, officials said, centered around a light rail station and a mixed-use, transit-oriented development. It’s going to feature two additional commercial districts, dubbed “Lincoln Avenue Commercial District” and the mixed-use “Couplet District” along RidgeGate Parkway, and three diverse residential villages.

Full coverage of this expansion can be found here.

Monthly Award Winners

Please join me in congratulating our best performers for April 2019.

Our top Cleaning Associates for the month were Maria Zapata, Aurora Dominguez, Josefina Quinonez, Josefina Puga and Juana Luna

Our top Team Leaders were Mayra Soto and Rosa Chavez.

Thanks to all our team members for their hard work, and a special thanks to our award winners!

Congrats ladies!

Queen Bee Corner

by Angela

Yet another reason to praise Denver.

I was recently invited to a Nuggets playoff game, which was especially exciting for me because I had never been to a live professional sports event.

I was a bit overwhelmed at first by the sheer volume of people, and of course there are stories of rowdiness at sporting events.

Yet even with long lines at the food and drink stands and difficulty maneuvering the walkways, I saw no one being rude or impatient. The atmosphere was friendly and casual.

During the game the capacity crowd en masse offered ear piercing enthusiasm and encouragement, some offering a little more encouragement than others but overall a great show of our city’s spirit.  I loved being a part of it.

Well done, Denver!


April 2019 Newsletter

I Can See Clearly Now….

Now that we have had our windows cleaned for spring!

Yes, it is that time and we wanted to remind you that we are still doing windows across the Front Range.

As you may recall, last year we ventured into window washing. We partnered with Unger, the leader in window washing technology for the newest and best tools to make your windows sparkle just like the rest of your home.

Did you know that the particle buildup that occurs on your windows can markedly diminish your property’s air quality? One of these particles can be mold, which can take its toll on the well-being of your property’s inhabitants. If the air in your property seems more stagnant than usual, a window cleaning can help to clear the air.

Also, we learned that over time, glass can degrade. The majority of particles, like those that make up water and minerals, can damage your windows. The particles will enter the glass’ pores and effectively contaminate and corrode the windows. The first things you may notice will be some light scratches or cracks, but an unmaintained window can eventually be altered on a structural level and will need a full replacement. Cleaning your windows will prevent this outcome and give your windows far more longevity.

So, beyond just looking good and giving you a better view, there are practical reasons to clean your windows!

To schedule a window washing appointment, please contact Angela and we will get you on the calendar. Anyone scheduling a window cleaning in April or May will receive 10% off as a Denver Concierge client or partner. Just mention the newsletter to Angela and she will make sure you get the discount.

As always, thank you for your trust in us, and we look forward to taking great care of your windows, as we do your home.

Green Denver

Do you know what LEED is? It stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Normally, it is a classification used for buildings, as in LEED certified via the U.S. Green Building Council.

However, LEED is now being used to identify cities and communities that are committed to healthy, sustainable practices.

As part of that program, our very own Denver was recently named a LEED Platinum city.

From the article:

“LEED for Cities certification demonstrates Denver’s commitment to sustainable growth and progress, and provides a platform for the city and to communicate its overall sustainability goals and performance to key stakeholders and the broader community.”

As your favorite green housecleaning company, we are always on the lookout for green initiatives and ways to make our planet healthier.

For more information on this outstanding certification, visit the Mayor’s office commentary here.

LEED Platinum information, as well as a list of all the cities nationwide that are LEED certified can be found here.

Are Robots Coming for Your Job?

Gosh we hope not, especially since Rosie the Maid from the Jetsons looks so efficient above.

The short answer (and good news), according to the smart folks at the Stanford Graduate School of Business is not yet and not likely, depending on your job and its level of complexity.

While many of us fear automation taking over everything from our cars to our housecleaning, experts say that these fears are dramatically overstated.

The bottom line is that most jobs are more complex than many people realize. Cleaning your home, for example is a very custom activity and one that we certainly hope won’t be replaced anytime soon.

The article, which can be found here, goes more deeply into which types of jobs might be replaced, as well as how our workforce today is still deeply divided in terms of education.

Even Elon Musk of Tesla uttered the following:

“Excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated,”

Ballpark Project Update

Since it is now spring and baseball season has commenced (Someone please tell the Rockies the season started!) we thought it might be a good chance to update you on the massive project by the ballpark.

You may have noticed the giant hole in the ground next to the Chop House and across from Coors Field.

The official name of the project is McGregor Square, named for former Rockies exec Keli McGregor who died suddenly in 2010.

A mixed-use development, there will be office space, residences, and a luxury hotel. The Rockies Hall of Fame will also be located here.

To create more openness and public space, McGregor Square will abut the already-existing but underutilized Wynkoop Plaza, a 25,000 square-foot promenade between 19th and 20th streets just outside of the stadium. Additionally, another 75,000 square feet of restaurants and retail space will be open to the public.

What a fun and exciting project for downtown and for our Rockies. Full details and photos of this project can be found via 5280 Magazine here.

Red Light Cameras

Very few things are more annoying than getting a ticket in the mail telling you that you owe money for running a red light. Or, for being slightly over the speed limit as you drove past an automated radar system.

We decided to investigate (for a friend of course) to see if these tickets are valid and if you really need to pay them.

The answer….well it’s complicated. Technically, in Denver you have to be served in person within 90 days or the ticket is invalid. You do not need to be served by a law enforcement officer and any adult that is home can sign for the ticket, and yes, they will potentially send someone to serve you.

The good news is these tickets are not reported to the DMV, so there are no points taken from your license.

As an aside, did you know that you can get a photo/red light ticket if your tires are over the crosswalk? In fact if both front and back tires are over (bad idea anyway) you may get a full red light ticket.

So….if you aren’t served, technically any ticket is not valid. However, if you are properly served and don’t pay, you can be sent to collections.

Of course, we aren’t advising you to not pay these controversial tickets, but if  you arent served in person there may be a way out, depending on your level of risk tolerance.

Good luck and be safe out there!

Monthly Award Winners

Please join me in congratulating our best performers for March 2019.

Our top Cleaning Associates for the month were Aurora Dominguez, Josefina Puga, Josefina Quinonez, Maria Zapata and Juana Luna.

In the Team Leader ranks, our top Team Leaders were Juana Olivas and Mayra Soto (back to back months for those two!).

Thanks to all our team members for their hard work, and a special thanks to our award winners!

Congrats ladies!

Queen Bee Corner

by Angela

I would like to take a minute and reintroduce you to the folks at Rambunctious Ranch, who deliver my eggs.

I love that we have the option in a city of this size to have fresh produce and egg deliveries.  I also love that we are helping a local family enterprise and not the big suppliers.  We are what our food has consumed, and these chicks are very well tended and fed.

Every Sunday I get an email with happenings from the ranch and photos of the ducks and chicks, dogs and goats.  It starts my week on a pleasant and sweet note, with a little bit of country.  Just thought I’d pass that along.

Feel free to email the ranch: [email protected]


How to Make your Rental a Vacation Destination

By Erin Reynolds, DIY Mama

Between the mountains, the parks, and the arts, there are so many reasons to visit Denver. It’s no wonder then that this metro area receives hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. If you’re not getting your fair share of these travelers and tourists at your rental, spend some time during the shoulder season making sure it’s summer-ready. Here are some things to keep in mind as you begin to revamp your rental property.

It’s About More Than Location

Renters choose their lodging on many different factors, and location is key among them — but it’s not everything. Many visitors will happily settle a few miles away from the main attractions to enjoy lower prices and more room to roam. With this in mind, make sure your rental has plenty of space and that is isn’t cluttered or full of personal belongings. Many rental owners choose to make the master bedroom inaccessible to guests, but this can backfire by reducing the number of people who can sleep in your home.

Instead of limiting the number of beds available, rent a small storage unit to stash your personal items. Denver has many great options, but one of the best priced and most accessible is StorQuest of Aurora/Peoria, which costs about $15 per month. As such, you can rent a unit to accommodate your excess without burdening your budget.

Security Matters

More important than making your home attractive is ensuring that it is secure, especially when you’re away. Installing a home security system will give you peace of mind that your furniture and other items aren’t completely vulnerable when you’re away. You’ll feel better about putting nicer pieces in your rental, and will be better able to assist guest if a security issue arises during their stay. High explains that there are many factors that you should consider when choosing a security system. Hint: It’s not just price.

Decorate Denver-Style

Denver is known for many things, including access to the Rocky Mountains and a thriving art scene. Depending on where your rental is located, it pays to cater to what your visitors are there to see. Outfit your rental with either modern, artsy pieces or, if you own a mountain cabin, stick with a traditional, woodsy feel. A log cabin should have plenty of open space, lots of windows, and a fireplace. A quick look at’s list of area cabins will give you plenty of ideas. 

Fun and Functional

Vacationers rent a home, condo, or apartment to get away from reality. But they still have to cook and remain entertained in their downtime. Make sure your vacation home is both fun and functional. Stock the kitchen, for example, with plenty of appliances, dishes, and cutlery to ensure it’s fully equipped to cook a meal. A few board games and a small library of books and videos will keep your guests from getting bored. If you have the extra space, a pool table ($2,300), cabinet gaming system ($3,000), and/or foosball table ($90) are features you can highlight that will grab the attention of those traveling with teens and tweens.

Above All

The most important things you can do to increase the return of your investment is to ensure that your rental stays clean and that you provide the best customer service experience possible. If you don’t live nearby, you can outsource both of these tasks. A property management agency can take care of all things small and large when you can’t be there to react.

With a few small changes and a commitment to customer service, your rental can easily be a retreat that stays booked year-round. However, don’t wait until summer — get it ready now, or you’ll have to wait until next season to increase your revenue.

Image via Pixabay

February Newsletter 2019

Company Milestones 

Time flies when you are having fun!

We wanted to share a couple of fun milestones with you. This newsletter marks the beginning of our sixth year of newsletters since we started writing. Five years of newsletters and you are still reading!!!

Thank you for that. We promise to try and stay interesting and relevant.

An even bigger milestone is upon us, however. We are turning 20 years old this year!!! Way back in 1999 Denver Concierge was founded as a full-service conciergebusiness. A short time later, the company decided to focus on what we do best, which is green certified housecleaning!

Ownership changed in 2006 to our fearless leader, John Kitts. He (and the rest of us) want to sincerely thank you for your business and for being part of our wonderful, local company.

We have so many loyal clients (some that have been with us almost 20 years) and there really aren’t any words to express our gratitude.

So, how about a giveaway? The first five people to email, text or call Angela today and wish us a happy 20-year birthday will receive a free refrigerator cleaning. If you haven’t had this done, it’s pretty special, so enjoy!

Thanks again for making us successful. We hope in our own little way that we return the favor!

Keeping your Gym Germ Free

Since we clean your homes, we know some of you have amazing home gyms & workout spaces.

We also know that many of you go to the gym to workout. We try to, but need to do better.

One of the things that people don’t realize is the number of germs and amount of bacteria that gets left on gym equipment, both at home and in public.

One of our fabulous guest writers, Karoline Gore, published a piece last month on how to keep your home germ free.

We have added that article to our blog, and the full text can be found here!

Here’s to keeping those New Year’s resolutions and staying healthy at the same time!

DenverRestaurant Week

Speaking of anniversaries, did you know that Denver Restaurant Week is now in its 15th iteration?

It starts on February 22nd and will run until March 3. Hundreds of Denver‘s best restaurants will be participating and multi-course dinners will be priced at $25, $35 or $45 each.

The full list of participating restaurants and menus can be found here at Denver.Org, which is a fabulous resource for our fine city.

Finally the nice folks at 5280 Magazine posted their take on restaurant week and all of the changes for 2019. 

Happy dining and we hope to see you out there!


Denver‘s Best Hospitals 

Colorado has some very good health care.

In fact, for their ability to demonstrate “superior clinical outcomes,” seven Colorado hospitals have been named to the Healthgrades “America’s Best Hospitals” list for 2019, three of which also made the top 50 best hospitals in the country.

Good Samaritan in Lafayette, North Colorado Medical in Greeley and Lutheran Medical Center (pictured) all received top 50 rankings by Healthgrades in their “America’s Best Hospitals” annual rankings.

We also had three hospitals in the top 100, including Centura Health-owned Porter Adventist Hospital, UCHealth-owned Poudre Valley Hospital and University of Colorado Hospital — Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion.

Sky Ridge in Lone Tree rounded out the seven facilities that made the list.

The full DBJ article can be found here.

The Future of Larimer Square

Did you know that Larimer Square was not only Denver‘s first commercial block but its first historic district?

Did you know that Larimer Square  was added to one of the most endangered places in the U.S. in 2018?

We didn’t realize any of this, and as we dug into this issue we found a lot of useful information about the future of Larimer Square and this important part of Denver‘s history.

Last year, the developer of the block proposed a massive redevelopment plan that received almost instant pushback and criticism.

The plan included two tall buildings for condos, a hotel and businesses. The plan was to build them in the alleys behind the square so the new would hover above the old.

Channel 7 of Denver did a nice article on this project and the future of the Square.

Last month the project was discussed again, this time with the lead developer, Urban Villages.

The Denver Business Journal article with the updates on this important project can  be found here.

We certainly hope that this project maintains the wonderful history that is Larimer Square.


Monthly Award Winners

Please join me in congratulating our best performers for January 2019.

Our top Cleaning Associates for the month were Josefina Quinonez, Maria Zapata, Fernanda Gonzalez, Brenda Garcia and Aurora Dominguez.

In the Team Leader ranks, our top Team Leaders were Socorro Ibarra and Juana Olivas.

Thanks to all our team members for their hard work, and a special thanks to our award winners!

Congrats ladies!

Queen Bee Corner

by Angela

A February Valentine to Denver.

Year after year during the post-holiday season when nasty weather sets in and the street in front of my house is an ice slick I wonder if I should move to a kinder and gentler climate. Break if off.  Take flight.

The thing is, I find it very difficult to contemplate leaving Denver.  It is by its very nature a kinder and gentler city.

Museums, galleries, sports venues, testaurants and shops aside, Denver has stayed true to its core through all the changes.  It is a clean city, a safe city, and a tolerant city.

We have been together for 20 years and I must say they have been 20 happy years.  Why ruin a beautiful relationship?

Happy Valentine’s Day Denver!


Tips for a Spotless Pet-Friendly Home

Adorable pets, Dever Concierge

By Guest Writer Karoline Gore

Around 84.6 million Americans households have a pet, with dogs and cats being our top two choices for a furry best friend. Pets are such an important part of our lives that they affect our home buying decisions, and often dictate where we stay when we go on holiday. For many pet owners, just about the one bad thing about pets is having to clean up after them. Pets can unwittingly bring home pests (including fleas) and dirt, so thorough cleaning is as important as grooming to ensure neatness in the home and optimal health for your pets and family. If you have dogs and/or cats and you’d like to ensure your home is tidy and hygienic, follow these tips and ensure you impress friends and family every time they visit.

Denver Concierge’s Green Cleaning System

Toxic home cleaning products may eliminate germs, but they also contribute to poor indoor air quality and can spur on allergies, respiratory problems, and more. Therefore, it is important to rely on pet-friendly cleaning products which are also environmentally friendly. If you are unsure about what green cleaning involves, give Denver Concierge a call. They are renowned green residential cleaners that can help you have a sparkling home in no time, while ensuring all surfaces are safe for children, pets, and adults in the household. Having your home professionally cleaned on a regular basis is key when it comes to really getting rid of fleas and other potential nasties on flooring, bedding, and soft furniture. Once your home is sparkling clean, it is easier to maintain in an optimal state afterwards.

Vacuuming is Key

Opt for a steam vacuum to reduce the need for cleaning products and to effectively kill germs. Some steam vacuum cleaners are specifically catered to pet-loving homes. That is, they have special handles capable of suctioning even the shortest of fur off difficult surfaces such as soft furnishings. These machines come with a host of other handles that can also be used to  make cleaning areas like the kitchen and bathroom a breeze.

Finding the Right Place for Pet Items

You need to really think where you place regular essentials for pets like cat litter, dog bowls, toys, etc. Homes can get pretty dirty if your dog plays with his chew toy on the sofa, or your cat’s litter bowl is in a spot in which people can trip over it or spill its contents. Ideally, the litterbox needs to be away from the living room and kitchen, and placed against a wall in the furthest area of the room it is located in. Ensure your cat always has access to rooms in which litter trays are placed, so it does end up doing its necessities in other areas of the home. You can use one side of a kitchen island for dog bowls, or have custom made kitchen storage furniture, with a space beneath the tabletop for dog bowls. Use non-slip mats beneath the bowls for easier cleaning after your dogs enjoy their meal.

Good Grooming is a Must

You might be surprised by the extent to which good grooming can affect the cleanliness of your home. By trimming your dog’s nails and fur and treating your pets regularly for fleas and ticks, you can ensure they don’t drag in dirt (or pests) or soil furniture and floors. Long fur in the paws can trap dirt, snow, and ice, but they are also favorite spots for pests to ‘hide’ in. In addition to applying a flea and tick treatment to your pets, you should also check their fur for ticks that may have attached after a long day out in the Great Outdoors. Remove any ticks you find with tweezers, ensuring your remove the entire tick in one go.

Keeping your home sparkling clean when you have pets is a little more challenging, but definitely not impossible. Because dogs and cats shed so much and can unwittingly bring in pests that are sometimes hard to spot, a good, professional ‘green clean’ is important on a regular basis. Maintain the cleanliness of your home by steam vacuuming frequently, tidying up every day, and placing pet items in accessible areas of your home that are not conducive to spills.