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Faces of Boulder: Max Wessell

September 24th, 2018

Max Wessell was born-and raised in Boulder, Colorado. An All-American and State Champion wrestler at Boulder High School, Max continued his wrestling career at Lehigh University. After an All-American wrestling and academic career at Lehigh, Max moved back to his hometown of Boulder. He talked his college roommate turned cofounder, Cody Ferraro, into coming with him where the two operate InXAthlete – a company birthed out of their off-campus house in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The two student-athletes saw a problem in the marketplace when they began their post-grad job hunt. Understanding that... Read More

Faces of Boulder: Alex Corren

September 17th, 2018

I sense the amount of time I spend pondering and searching for “my purpose” as abnormal. I return to Paul Graham’s essay, How To Do What You Love, once or twice a month. The segment of Steve Jobs’ legendary Stanford Commencement Speech, Keep Looking, Don’t Settle, is bookmarked to my “revisit often” file. And on my desk sticks a post-it note with, “This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it,” from The Holstee Manifesto. Four days before I sat down with Alex Corren, CEO and founder of UnCanny Wellness, over a coffee at Trident... Read More

Faces of Boulder: Ret Taylor

September 7th, 2018
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On the patio of the Highland City Club in the heart of Boulder, I enjoyed a meal with Ret Taylor. Vines covered the brick surrounding us and a waterfall on the periphery provided background music – components that felt increasingly relevant as our conversation progressed. Ret operates two businesses from the Highlands’ third floor co-working space. He attended CU Boulder but left Boulder for nearly 15 years after graduating in 2001. From humble beginnings, Ret’s early aspirations were cultivated from a perception that success and money were one in the same. He chased dollar signs all over... Read More

Faces of Boulder – Jeff

June 4th, 2018

Meet Jeff! Jeff, is my brother who came to visit from Boston a few weeks ago and we went exploring in Rocky Mountain National Park.  I took this portrait when we reached the summit of our hike, a beautiful alpine lake, surrounded but the mountains.  Glad the altitude didn’t get to him!  Read More

Faces of Boulder – Bongo the Balloon Man

June 1st, 2018

  Meet Bongo the Balloon Man. Bongo is a self-taught balloon artist who has been creating masterful balloon animals for the youth of Boulder for over 31 years! You might recognize his familiar face from one of your recent strolls down the Pearl Street Mall as he has had his spot at the Peppercorn storefront for 28 years! Bongo, is a pillar of the Boulder community and epitomizes the culture of this city.  So, cheers to you Bongo and many more years of balloon animals to come.  Read More

Faces of Boulder

February 16th, 2018

Meet Sarah! Sarah is the manager and one of the many talented dance instructors at Boulder Swing Dance. Sarah moved to Boulder from Cleveland, Ohio in 2014 and almost immediately sought out a swing dance community here in Colorado.  A dancer for 7 years, Sarah just couldn’t stay away from the dancing community, even after promising herself a break. The swing dance community is a tight knit group; and you can find swing dancing in almost any major city across the country.  This made embedding herself into a new city a little easier on Sarah, giving her a built-in community of people she knew... Read More

Faces of Boulder

February 9th, 2018

Meet Hannah! Hannah moved to Boulder just about a year ago and when she isn’t working at her job as a behavioral therapist, she enjoys, hooping! Hooping (Hoop Dancing, Hula Hooping) is generally considered a “flow art” and has roots in many other forms of dance.  Rhythmic gymnastics, hip-hop, freestyle dance, fire performance, twirling, poi, and other dance and movement forms are some of the influences that have helped create hooping. Hannah’s introduction to hooping came by way of fire dancing! After graduating college on the east coast, Hannah set out to do some (a lot) traveling.  Her... Read More

Faces of Boulder

February 2nd, 2018

Meet Julia! Julia works at Into the Wind Kite Shop, a cornerstone of the Pearl Street Mall for over 30 years! Anyone who has taken a stroll down the Pearl Street Mall is familiar with Into the Wind.  I mean, how can you miss it? With vibrant colors exploding out of the front door, and big beautiful kites fluttering about in the shop’s storefront, it is easily one of the most eye-catching stores on the mall. Julia has been living in Boulder since 1999 but has loved kites far longer than that.  Julia’s introduction to kite flying came as a young child, flying kites with her family on the east... Read More

Meet Chris!

January 26th, 2018

Meet Chris! Chris is the founder and owner of Denver-Boulder Couriers and an avid cyclocross racer!  Chris moved to Boulder from the Boston area in 1988 and immediately saw a void in the cycling community.  He wanted to get involved and provide more racing opportunities to the Boulder community and the state of Colorado.   Chris made it his mission to provide a home for cycling in the Boulder community and was one of the driving forces behind the push to build the Valmont Bike Park.  He saw a large community of dedicated cyclists that had nowhere to call their home.  So, he, along with... Read More

Meet Matt and Zach!

January 19th, 2018

Meet Matt (left) and Zach (right)! The two owners and operators of the Movement Collective in Boulder.The Movement Collective is an athletic training facility that doesn’t have a specific focus, such as weight training, or jiu-jitsu but instead, puts its emphasis on the greater task at hand, movement. The Movement Collective spawns from the teachings of Ido Portal.  For those of you unfamiliar with who Ido Portal is, he is an Israeli man who, in his quest for pinnacle fitness, found that there was something lost in translation between all of the specific movement training that was being done... Read More

Meet Sean!

January 5th, 2018

Meet Sean! Sean is a local author that has been living in Boulder since June and recently, under the pen name S.G. Greene, self-published his science fiction novel, The Sun Eater: In the Shadow of a Mountain. A project he started while living in Connecticut in March of 2014, The Sun Eater was born out of Sean’s struggle with insomnia. Long, sleepless nights, paired with Sean’s vast imagination, coupled to produce a science fiction thriller about a group of childhood friends that stumble upon a malevolent, alien war-lord who has made an unexpected stop in the woods of their small east-cost... Read More

Meet Colton!

December 15th, 2017

Meet Colton! Colton is a senior at CU Boulder studying digital media. He is one of the student athletes with the distinction to call themselves one of Ralphie’s Handlers.   Ralphie, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is the CU Boulder mascot who usually makes appearances running out onto Folsom Field ahead of the CU Boulder football team during home games. The group of student athletes that run with Ralphie and guide her horseshoe-shaped pattern through Folsom field are known as Ralphie Handler’s and Colton has been with the team since his freshman year! Growing up in Colorado, Colton... Read More

Meet Bobby Noyes

December 8th, 2017

Meet Bobby Noyes! Bobby is the founder of, a local business celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year.  Rocky Mounts provides all outdoor enthusiasts with, what one could argue, is the most crucial piece of your adventure: the rack to transport your gear. Bobby moved to Boulder in 1993 to pursue his obsession for cycling and what he found was a lack of quality bike racks to transport cyclists’ gear from event to event.  So, Bobby started building bike racks by hand and selling them out of the back of his truck. The small operation out of the back of his truck grew into a full lineup... Read More

Meet Carlos Alvarez-Aranyos

December 1st, 2017

Meet Carlos Alvarez-Aranyos.  Carlos is a local business owner, world explorer, and entrepreneur.  Carlos is originally from the Dominican Republic but is truly a citizen of the world. Carlos has traveled all over the world and could be in the running for the next “Most Interesting Man in the World.”  Some of Carlos’ adventures include a motorcycle ride to the Arctic Circle, serving as a judge for a Miss USA contest, and a trek across India in a rickshaw.  He has held jobs working for the U.S. Department of Defense under the Obama administration, and that’s just scratching... Read More

Faces of Denver – Matt

November 30th, 2017

Meet Matt.  Matt is a local artist who relocated to Boulder from Austin, Texas last March after a realization sparked a wave of inspiration for his artwork. Matt grew up in Corpus Christie, Texas with two brothers considerably older than himself, which played a crucial role in Matt’s initial plunge into the world of art. Because of the age gap, Matt and his brothers didn’t always have similar interests when he was younger.  So, when his brothers were out on the football field with their friends, Matt would head to the library or arcade to get lost in the world of Todd Mcfarlane’s horror-fantasy... Read More

Faces of Boulder – Patrick

November 21st, 2017

“This is going to be a little crazy.” explains Patrick, as he leaps over the gap on the summit of Green Mountain. “I’m tapering, so I’m trying not to hurt myself.” he mentions after performing his quite magnificent leap. Stoked to meet a fellow mountain runner with a sense for fun and adventure!  Read More

Faces of Boulder – Nancy

November 9th, 2017

This is Nancy, from California. Nancy made her way from deep slopes in the west to Colorado where she could begin a new life. In California Nancy had been fighting with drug addiction and and as she puts it, she was losing. Determined not to give up she decided that the next best step would be to bike out to Colorado where she could start fresh. And she did just that. Three years later and she’s drug free. Now Nancy works at a call center now, helping guide people out of the position she was in when she lived in California. Keep on keeping on, Nancy!    Read More

Faces of Boulder – Eva

August 2nd, 2017

Eva is on her first week of a long journey. She plans to travel to Boston, and perform on her way to pay for gas. She plays four instruments: fiddle, ukulele, banjo and guitar. “I was born into playing music. My family all plays different instruments, and I guess I just took after them,” Eva said about how she got into music. Eva has traveled before, and claims her favorite places are Boulder and Helena. She started traveling because she wanted to meet new people and see new places. Eva is able to make connections with people through music because, “it creates a bridge across... Read More

Faces of Boulder – Amy

July 19th, 2017

Amy is adventuring on a road trip from the Bay Area in California to her home town in Iowa. She likes to see sights, different national parks, and camp along the way. Amy used to have a job in editing and publishing, however, worked with children on the side and “ended up liking the side job better than my real job and went to grad school to pursue my passion instead.” She now will be teaching in special education by the Bay Area. She loves Boulder and is excited to be back for a while!  Read More

Faces of Boulder- Dan

July 12th, 2017

Dan is a full time musician, currently on the road, with Iowa as his destination. He is originally from the Bay Area near San Fransisco, but travels to perform music, and also tap! He has previously played in Boulder a hand full of times with his band. In fact, his second stop his first time traveling with the band was Boulder! He used to perform for Andy, the owner of Albums on the Hill and also at the Boulder Theater. Now, Dan plays his music at weddings and different special events, but tapping is also part of his creative side. He is going to start offering tap lessons to inspire others to... Read More