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Waldorf Schools Endorsed Internationally

Denver’s Waldorf school takes an unconventionally nurturing approach to learning, making them a unique approach to education. Initially, some viewed the schools as emphasizing play over learning, but now a growing number recognize that the Waldorf model supports educational and personal habits, which often go overlooked and under-appreciated in traditional schooling. According to the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), Waldorf schools are highly attuned to the quest to establish each child’s own level of academic excellence. The International Conference on Education of the United Nations Educational and Scientific Cultural Organization endorses the Waldorf method, saying it “places the development of the individual child in the focal point, convinced that the healthy individual is a prerequisite for a healthy society.” With this mindset, Waldorf schools and educators encourage their pupils to thrive in a healthy environment where their opinions and differences are respected rather than stifled, and according to the AWSNA, a staggering 94 percent of Waldorf graduates attend college, 89 percent expresses great satisfaction with career choices, and 90 percent place high value on the importance of tolerance of other viewpoints.

Spyder Continues With U.S. Ski Team

Spyder, a leading ski and performance brand, announced in November a renewed longstanding partnership with the United States Ski Team (USST) for an additional four years, through 2020. As part of the agreement, Spyder will continue to serve as the team’s official apparel supplier through the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. In the renewed partnership, Spyder will supply its highest performing products, which fuse proprietary technology, form, function and style to outfit the U.S. Ski Team through June 2020. Spyder has served as the official apparel sponsor of the U.S. Ski Team since 1989, collaborating closely to design innovative performance gear for the world’s top athletes. “Spyder has helped maximize the performance of our team throughout seven Olympics and twelve World Championships,” said Mike Jaquet, Chief Marketing Officer of the U.S. Ski Team. “We are very pleased to extend our partnership, and I am confident that, as they continue to design the most innovative and technologically advanced products, Spyder will enable us to reach unlimited potential.”

Logan House Coffee Comes to Denver

Logan House Coffee, formerly based in Grand Lake, kicked off its move to Denver in early December at its new RiNo roasting home. “It made sense to move here,” co-founder Brooks Gagstetter says. “It’s centrally located in a growing part of the city. Logan House is renting 3,500 square feet of space at 3200 Walnut St., but Gagstetter said the roaster will only occupy 1,000 square feet. He wants to use the remaining area to hold special events like weekly yoga classes and pop-up brunches where local chefs will cook meals paired with coffee. Logan House produces about 300 pounds of coffee and switches beans every month, Janusz says. Logan House Coffee can be found in some Denver bakeries, like La Fillette on Eighth Ave., but the roaster primarily delivers its beans straight to customers in repurposed wine bottles via bike or car. Gagstetter, 34, and Janusz, 36, are currently Logan House’s only two employees, but that will change in the spring when they open their first cafe in Aurora’s upcoming Stanley Marketplace. “We’re opening our flagship this spring and we’re planning on having five (cafes) in the Front Range,” Gagstetter says.

Denver Named Top Place to Travel

Travel and Leisure released their annual list of the best places to travel in the upcoming year and Denver is listed at number 23. The annual list is determined by the Travel and Leisure editors, who thoroughly and meticulously consider a variety of factors that contribute to overall travel appeal. Denver made the list because of its increasing artistic diversity. Although Colorado is known for its snowy peaks, art and design make up the heart of everything in the Mile High City. The year 2015 was a big year for Denver with the opening of ART Hotel, the $16.1 million expansion of the Children’s Museum, and the development of the Westin at Denver International Airport. These spectacular additions to the already artistic Denver make it a top contender for one of the best places to travel in 2016, and we are all lucky to experience its wonders every single day.

New Water Plan for Denver

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce released the following statement in December regarding the publication of the Colorado Water Plan. “Today marks an important milestone in a long journey to find collaborative, pragmatic solutions that will address Colorado’s future water needs. The planners recognized there is no silver bullet to facing this challenge and take a holistic, all-of-the-above approach,” says Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kelly Brough. “I applaud the Colorado Water Conservation Board for leading a truly collaborative process that took feedback from business and the broader community and integrated it into the plan. Today we not only celebrate this accomplishment but we also enter a new phase in managing our water resources: putting this plan into action.”