Here at Exodus, we are working hard to move folks throughout Colorado in some chilly weather, but there aren’t many conditions that would prevent us from getting the job done. As the best Denver and Fort Collins movers, winter provides ample opportunities for our team to shine – even when the sun doesn’t. In short, we love the season because it and Colorado go together like a jingle and bell. As with Exodus, winter showcases some of the best of Colorado. So in that spirit, we thought we’d do a quick tour of some of the many happenings for families to enjoy. If you are moving to Colorado, keep in mind that this is only a taste of what it has to offer.
First Stop: Breckenridge
As one of the premier ski areas in the country, it is a safe bet that Breckenridge winter events will involve plenty of powdery snow. And what goes better with snow than Vikings? Not much. The Ullr Fest, held January 8-14th, is a time when horned hats are adorned by skiers and snowboarders, and frying pans are flung for prizes. You can watch some top notch Olympic caliber competition during a parade that features ski jumps on floats.
For those who look at snow and see a masterpiece in the making, 2012 will be the 22nd year of International Snow Sculpture Championships. The Sculptures “live” in the area around the Riverwalk Center grounds. Visitors are welcome to mingle among them from January 24th to February 4th. Judging will be held on January 28th, and the awards will be given the next day. You can bet Frosty the Snowman will face some stiff competition.
Next Stop: Estes Park
If your ideal celebration involves entering a picturesque postcard, then travel to the gateway of the Rocky Mountain National Park during the Estes Park Winter Festival, January 13-15. Known for its live music and its selection of great food, including an all-star chili cook-off, the Estes Park Winter Festival is the perfect combination of activities, sights and sounds.
Final Stop: Denver
If holiday lights on houses and trees are starting to get a little boring in your opinion, then what about lights on animals? Well, not on animals exactly, but the Denver Zoo has put together an impressive show where the lights bring animals to life. Denver Zoo Lights runs from December 9 to New Years Day. Don’t worry, the real animals get to stay inside, cozy and warm.
Lastly, if you would like to spend an afternoon enjoying a classic holiday show, Denver features two of them: A Christmas Carol will play at the Stage Theatre from November 25 to December 24 and The Nutcracker is being performed at the Caulkins Opera House from November 26 to December 24.
Colorado has a lot of interesting and fun events this winter fitting nearly every taste. With so much on offer, it is truly a wonderful place to be when the weather outside is “frightful”. You will just have to come out and experience it yourself, and if you are on your way to stay, then give us a call and let us give you a ride in our slightly modified version of a one-horse-open-sleigh.
As Colorado’s best national and international moving and storage company, Exodus has a proven track record of helping to relocate people in every locale. Our Fresh Place focus this week takes us to the very heart of New England.
No doubt many of you are still recovering from a hearty Thanksgiving meal featuring a healthy dose of turkey (or tofurkey, as the case may be). Along the way, you might have also heard the recounting of the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Since the holiday focus has suddenly switched gears, we’re not going to revisit it here. However, with all the talk about Plymouth we thought it might be intriguing to discuss what it has to offer beyond history and tourism. So, if you have survived the shopping crush of Black Friday with your nerves barely intact, or if you are on your way to the mall and need some pleasant thoughts to hold in reserve, then enjoy this glimpse of a town with a great past, present, and future.
Tourism plays a huge part in the local economy, but industries such as healthcare, research, real estate, and telecommunications are also prominent. Due to relatively inexpensive land and better road and rail access to Boston, Plymouth has seen its population more than double in the last thirty years. What was once a sleepy colonial town is now the commercial center of the South Shore.
Plymouth continues to grow despite the economic hard times. North Plymouth features a recently completed industrial park and New England’s largest open-air, upscale shopping mall. Last year, the first phase of a massive residential and commercial development, The Pinehills, was completed. It features over 1,000 luxury homes, two golf courses, a shopping village, and a country club. By 2014, it will contain nearly 3,000 homes.
We know anyone familiar at all with Colorado appreciates natural beauty, and Plymouth has plenty on that score as well. There are nine public beaches along the Atlantic Coast to take strolls on. Inland contains a deciduously delicious assortment of hills and trees that mark the change of seasons like a series of postcards. New England Autumns provide especially timeless memories with striking displays of red and gold dotting the landscape. If evergreens are your thing, the Myles Standish State Forest is a pine-tastic place to camp or spend a day at the pond.
There are plenty of events in Plymouth that occur all year round. In addition to the historical destinations, including Plymouth Rock, a replica of the Mayflower, and some of the country’s oldest museums, there are summer concert series, wine and harvest festivals, and theater and philharmonic performances to look forward to. The Plymouth Center for the Arts is the home base for a diverse array of local culture and civic involvement.
Plymouth is known as “America’s Hometown” because of its roots and hallowed place in our history, but it is so much more than an artifact. It is a growing community and a great place to hang your tricorne hat. If you are moving to Plymouth or anyplace else in New England,let us get you there.
Last week, we talked about a few of the big differences between Los Angeles and Denver. For this edition of Fresh Place Friday, we’d like to focus in on a feature both have in common: world-renowned outdoor amphitheaters.
If you are considering moving to Los Angeles or moving to Denver, you are in for some world class entertainment and rich musical offerings in each location. The Hollywood Bowl brings to mind the glamour and spectacle of Hollywood legend. It is a perfect reminder that underneath the surface fads and trends, there is artistic achievement that can inspire awe. Red Rocks showcases the stark natural beauty of Colorado and the vibrant relief of the Denver skyline. It is as though a stage naturally formed through geologic events. When people come to a concert, they are simultaneously visiting nature and enjoying the showcased talents of advanced society.
Until recently, the natural acoustics of the Hollywood Bowl had been diminished by its massive and iconic shell rather than amplified. It has undergone several changes in structure and materials throughout the years, although the dome shape has remained for the last seventy years. The Bowl, as the locals call it, is probably the only building that has been worked on by both Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry, two of the most influential architects of the last century.
Red Rocks is a park and amphitheater 15 miles outside of Denver and has been hosting events as far back as 1906. It was purchased by the city of Denver in the thirties to showcase the city and its culture, but the main attraction has always been the huge fountain formation of rocks that encase a nearly perfect storm of sound and sight. Huge and angled red rocks jut out from stage right, and provide a natural amplifier that hones the music for the 10 thousand seats in between it all. The unassuming disc shaped stage was designed by a Denver architect and built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, but the point has always been the discovery of an ideal place to listen. And in the case of Red Rocks, nature took care of the details.
Both venues are great to take in the sunset and exist as constantly memorable summer venues, although Red Rocks is the only one that remains open year-round. Both venues have hosted legendary concerts and have subtly made their mark on popular culture. Even acts such as the Beatles, who performed at each, could not overshadow the stage they were on. Red Rocks helped to popularize U2 in the eighties and remained the favorite stopping place of the Grateful Dead. The Hollywood Bowl has drawn opera and symphony performers from the peaks in Paris and Italy since the twenties.
If you move to Denver or move to Los Angeles, you would be remiss to neglect spending an evening at a live outdoor music venue. Whatever your tastes, the diverse line-up of world class acts will give you an opportunity for an experience you will never forget.
If you have checked out our new website, you have probably picked up on how proud we are of our Colorado roots. And while we all love to travel, trying to convince the professionals who make up the Exodus team that there are more beautiful places to live than CO is a little like telling a tree there are better places to grow. But we are also proud of the fact that we have branched out to become Colorado’s premier national and international moving and storage company. And since we can move you all the way up to Canada, that is the focus of this Fresh Place Friday: Calgary, a city far away yet familiar.
Calgary is a little over a thousand miles due northwest. It sits between the Canadian Rockies and the Canadian Prairies, tied together by the Bow River.
It was founded in the late 19th century as a hub of the fur trade, but the boom times were saved for the energy price explosion of the 1970’s. It became the urban center it is today, with a gorgeous skyline that punctuates the natural beauty of Alberta.
The Western Scene
Calgary is a western city in every sense. Its premier event is the Calgary Stampede, a world class rodeo that draws thousands of visitors every July. The Calgary Stampede is also an international agricultural and livestock showcase, and hosts a huge parade as well as the world’s premier chuckwagon race. The bottom line is: if you have the prairie and ranch itch, Calgary is one of the great places to get it scratched, not only at this event, but year-round.
The same goes for cold weather sports. Many remember when Calgary hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988, so they know the mountains are the snow capped versions of skier Shangri-La. Calgary produces many of the international-class athletes that stand up for Canada on podiums around the world.
But you don’t have to compete to have fun. Not only are there great slopes for people to enjoy, there are sporting activities galore. You can speed down the slopes or take it all in while fishing on the mighty Bow River. If you are a spectator, grab a seat rink side for some of the most passionate hockey you will ever experience.
There is also a wonderful cosmopolitan vibe in Calgary. It is a destination for Broadway musicals and hosts arts festivals of all kinds. Whether you like film, the philharmonic, or even spoken word, there is always something new to experience.
There is so much more to this wonderful city, of course. We have to say that it is pretty darn impressive. We aren’t quite convinced that it is Colorado impressive, so we’ll staying put. However, if you decide to make the move, we would be happy to take you there.
At Exodus, we take pride in moving Colorado. As an internationally capable full service moving company, we see a lot of places. But with our main offices in Ft Collins and Denver, we can honestly say, there is no place like home. The people and culture of this area are what make it so lively and special. In an effort to highlight yet another great place to live in the Denver Metro area, this week we are talking about one of its most up and coming neighborhoods, Denver’s Cherry Creek.
In 1858, gold was discovered at the “Cherry Creek diggings” changing the area forever. This Front Range plateau giving way to a powerful creek, was not only a central point to the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, but soon became a vibrant center for trade. In 1950, the Cherry Creek damn was completed, forming Cherry Creek State Park and its Reservoir, creating more structure and form to its natural surroundings.
Today the neighborhood of Cherry Creek is still known for its “gold”. Located in South Central Denver, this posh and up and coming area is well known for its combination of natural beauty, breathtaking real estate and dynamic commerce.
Boasting an exemplary school system, Cherry Creek is known for its commitment to the education of its young people. Believing that students are the future of the community, the workforce and the progress of the world, the school district carries a high standard of excellence. A guiding quote of the administration is “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.” – Aristotle
In addition to a top of the line school system, Cherry Creek boasts a thriving real estate market and an innately beautiful landscape. But Cherry Creek is perhaps best known for its shopping. Two major highlights within the area include the Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Cherry Creek North. While the shopping center is a highly acclaimed high end mall, the Cherry Creek North shopping and dining district covers 16 blocks and includes over 300 eateries, galleries and stores. Hosting both shopping and community events such as cinema festivals and recreational activities, it’s no wonder why Cherry Creek is fast becoming one of the most popular places to live and work in Denver Colorado.
Just the other day, Larry Brown asked us an interesting question. A colleague in the community and owner of one of the few honest auto mechanics in Denver http://davisrepair.com/, he wanted to know if Exodus Moving and Storage moves cars across the country. We were happy to answer, yes.
As a truly full service moving company, at Exodus, we are ready and able to help you relocate anything and everything that you own with the care and precision of our professional moving experience. Vehicle shipping is no exception. We understand that an important part of relocation is not only moving your home items safely and securely, but also making sure that all vehicles arrive on time and intact as well, when shipping your car long distance.
There are several things you want to make sure you check and consider when taking a car across country. Some of these things are more important than others. But when you are moving either to or from Colorado, it is vital to remember that not only is your body adjusting to the increase or decrease in altitude, so is your car. The following is a list created by Exodus and Davis Auto to help you with shipping your car.
It’s important to make sure this is checked when entering your new city to avoid blow outs or other damage.
Make sure you are at ¼ tank or LESS for auto transport to ensure that there is enough to drive it a short distance but not too much to create a potential hazard.
Don’t forget to give all keys to the doors & ignition to your movers. Also make certain to have a spare set in case of emergency.
Make certain to remove all personal items from vehicle.
Before and after the transport of your car its important to check your battery to make sure that it is fully charged. It is also good to check for fluid leaks.
Once your vehicle has been shipped by Exodus and has arrived safely at its new destination, the best way to make sure your car is as happy as you are with your new home is to take it into a local reliable dealer http://www.cartalk.com/content/mechx/ .
We suggest getting an oil change and mentioning to the mechanic just how far from its original destination your car is. Ask them to spend a little extra time to make sure your car is transitioning as well into its new environment as you are.
When it comes time to make a move, there is a lot to consider. Beyond the questions of where and when, there can be many other important things to think about. If you are a young couple with children, questions about school districts and quality childcare will come into play. If you are single, you may be more concerned with neighborhood recreation and nightlife. But one group that has a hard time with the issues of moving is often forgotten. Seniors face tough decisions later in life about relocation, possible downsizing and the quality of life implications of a new location. Add to all of this the necessity for not only social but physical support and you uncover a very big need in the moving industry at large.
At Exodus, we are committed to supporting our community. We are currently proud to be beginning our work with a great company called Vision Silver Services. This organization is committed to helping seniors with all the details of selling their home and relocating, handling everything from coordinating garage sales to utility transfers. Exodus is honored to be a preferred mover for Vision Silver Services. The following is our recent interview with the organizations distinguished founder, Mr. Greg Gellar.
Why did you found Vision Silver Services?
When my grandmother died recently, I began thinking about all the people I had helped and visited with over the years. Often, the elderly have no help in the moving process. The process is so overwhelming that they sometimes struggle to begin to pack and get moved to facilities offering care. I decided that offering an all inclusive program could help these people improve their quality of life by removing the uncertainty of how to orchestrate a whole move.
The website says you have been buying homes since 1994. Is your background exclusive to real estate or have you been involved in other industries?
Out of college, I spent some time as operations management of Paradise Cleaners, but for nearly 15 years, I have tried to make the public understand that there can be integrity in the home buying industry; that you can not only get value but you can give value. Today, real estate is the main focus of my work.
What makes Vision Silver Services unique?
Silver Services is the only comprehensive home buying package offering help with all stages of moving available anywhere. In this way it is totally unique and fills a very important niche in the market as well as in the community.
What are the 3 questions most frequently asked of you?
- How old are you (I look much younger than my 40 years)
- How does the Silver Services process work?
- What is the catch? (It’s great when I get to explain, there is none.)
What are the top things you look for in a Moving Company?
- Longevity in the industry
- Web Presence
Why do VSS & Exodus Moving and Storage complement each other?
Both companies seem to understand that being truthful, upfront and honest is the big picture. We understand that in a time where so much distrust exists, that “the job” is to be clear and follow the golden rule at all times. Exodus is concerned, as are we, with grass roots marketing which highlights the faces behind the company. They know that slick brochures do not save the world. We both want the public to know that above all, there is always someone to help and someone to call who can answer questions now, rather than endless tiers of “voice jail”. We are both committed absolutely to people, which makes our companies a great compliment to each other.
Do you have any current events coming up that you would like to highlight?
As VSS ramps up, we have taken a very slow approach. We have been very busy thus far and we will be conducting small events which focus on a more personal atmosphere. People can be looking out for these to start in mid Fall of 2011.
For more information about Vision Silver Services in Denver please visit their website:
In a continuing effort to strengthen our community and support our clients in the process of relocation, we are proud to announce a new Frequent Guest Program established with the Hampton Inn & Suites at Cherry Creek. A discounted rate in this lovely hotel located in the city of Glendale is just one of many extra things we build into our comprehensive moving services.
The following is from an interview we did with Debra Brandt talking about this new partner spotlight between her hotel and Exodus.
Tell us a little bit about YOU and Hampton.
I am the director of sales here at the Glendale/Cherry Creek Property. Karie Green is the sales manager and together we make up the sales team for this location. I have been at this property for about a year and with the Hampton chain for 4 years. Personally, I love the hotel environment. The relationships you make and the rapport you create with frequent guests, I just love working with people in customer service. I also like the brand because it is nationally recognized. We have a very loyal customer base and Hilton does a great job with the HHonors awards program which brings in lots of people. You can tell it’s a great place to work by our low employee turnover. One of our front office managers has been here for 7 years which in the hotel industry is a long time.
What sets your Glendale/Cherry Creek Property apart from other hotels?
We are set apart by two things: amenities and service. We are an all suite property. This means by enlarge our rooms are more spacious and have more amenities. We have 133 rooms, fitness facilities and board room space for meetings and conferences.
Although we offer many amenities at our hotel, we are what is considered a “limited hotel” because we do not have a restaurant or bar on site. But there are a couple of things that we do offer that are unique, one of which is our complimentary hot breakfast buffet. We provide a variety to choose from including fresh coffee, juice, eggs an assortment of pastries and much more, everyday. We also offer breakfast to-go bags for those who don’t have time in the morning as we want everyone to be able to take advantage of this great service.
We also have what we call a “Suite Shop”, which is a convenience store in our lobby filled with nic nacs such as Advil, toothbrushes , gum, teas, Red Bull and soups. We stock Ben & Jerry’s for those late night cravings and since all the rooms have microwaves and mini-refrigerators, we stock a variety of gourmet microwave dinners. I think this is really great feature because it makes people feel cozy.
These are just some of the amenities that set us apart and help us to take care of large groups. This is also a very popular place for both business travelers and families. But our customer service is what keeps people coming back. We are proud to host lots of repeat customers because we work hard to attentively address their every need.
We also like being on Colorado Blvd with easy access to downtown and the Cherry Creek Mall. We are walking distance to so much! We are right next to Starbucks, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, a Whole Foods Market, several restaurants and other shops. Also, downtown is just 7 minutes away.
How are the Hampton Inn and Suites & Exodus Moving and Storage Connected?
Joel and Ryan met at a Glendale Chamber event and from what I understand, they instantly liked one another. They felt like it could be a good fit to help each other. Joel was looking for a good corporate rate for those who need lodging in transition. He expressed that many of his clients are in between homes for short periods of time while moving and he wanted to be able to offer them a great place to stay at a great price. So we are just beginning this alliance. We believe that good companies should stick together and because we are so focused on taking care of all the details for our clients, Exodus seemed like a good fit. We created a discount rate for all those affiliated with Exodus Moving and Storage. This includes relocating clients, Exodus employees and of course their family members. We want to support anyone connected to Exodus by giving them a fantastic place to stay at a great rate.
Do you have any current events or promotions that you are especially excited about?
Right now we are gearing up for the Microsoft 2011 Convention. All their workshops will take place at the Colorado Convention Center. Because Cherry Creek is so close by, we are completely sold out for that entire week. Other than that, our company is always running great packages and specials. Some of them are very imaginative like the Cherry Creek Shopping Package or the Mile High Package. But in general, right now we are in the midst of “high season” so it’s a great time at the hotel. We always have good people and interesting stuff going on. That’s why it’s such a great place to stay and work.
For more information about the Hampton Inn & Suites at Cherry Creek please visit:
In continuing with our partner spotlight, the following is from an interview we recently did with Mark Kruse explaining why he recommends Exodus Moving and Storage to all his clients.
What are the top things you look for in a Moving Company?
2) Insurance- Safety
3) Services Offered- distance/storage
I usually find that people are worried that their things will be broken during a move. I had a client hire “random other movers” that had offered them a good rate. They told me that in the middle of the move the moving company actually held the clients belongings for ransom on the truck and tried to re-negotiate the contract before unloading. Another client hired a company that only got ¾ of their stuff across country. The client had gotten a cheap bid and taken it, only to find that the most valuable things such as art and antiques were never delivered.
I recommend Exodus because I know them so well. I really trust them and the work they do. They are easy to refer because I get so much positive feedback from my clients who use them which constantly turns out to be a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Why do you & Exodus Moving and Storage complement each other?
I feel that there are two things that set me apart as a realtor: my commitment to education and my extensive network of fantastic business referrals. I am huge into education. I want my clients who have already bought 7 other homes before to turn to me after buying one with my help and say “wow, no one has ever explained this to me so well.” I love informing and empowering people by making them understand the process. I enjoy giving useful neighborhood statistics, outlining the buying/selling process and answering questions anytime and every time. I truly believe there are no stupid questions. In this way people and their experience during the buying/selling is my main focus.
Exodus is also totally committed to people, which is why we work so well together. In my business, personal recommendations mean everything. I get phone calls about Exodus all the time. Joel comes over to provide an estimate and from then on everyone just raves about the entire process. They say things like, “Exodus did everything they said they would and made it all so easy.”
I had a client whose house was expected to sell in May or June during which time we were also expecting for her New Build Home to be completed. Instead, her property sold in April. She was concerned about beginning the move ASAP but continuing to have access to her stuff as she had 2 children under the age of 5. At my suggestion, she called Exodus and they came over to pick up the boxes she needed to store but didn’t want to move yet. They kept it all for her until they moved her into her newly finished home. She was so thankful for the great service, dependability and help that she has already recommended Exodus to a few of her friends.
I feel that the work I do is complimented by the work of Exodus Moving and Storage. Together we represent a full service, comprehensive purchase/sale & relocation experience.
At Exodus, we are proud to say that the feeling is very mutual! For more information about the fantastic work Mark does please visit his website at:
There is a reason we receive glowing recommendations from our customers over and over again. Not only do we care more about the little things during your move but we work harder to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Nobody likes moving. Regardless of the reason for the relocation, it is almost always a stress ridden process. But at Exodus, we take great pride in being the ones you can depend on from start to finish.
When we send someone to your home to do an estimate, we send a trained professional. A person with the right amount of experience knows what to look for, the right questions to ask and the kinds of things that should be considered. Every move is different which is why we focus on customized quotes that are comprehensive, personal and surprise free.
Teamwork & Positive Attitude
In the moving industry, it is common for large companies to outsource labor. This can help them to manage costs but can have an extremely negative effect on quality. Because our employees are on staff, we know them well. This creates accountability that is virtually unequalled in other moving and storage companies. They are trained by us and they know how to work together. We operate our business as a family and in turn our employees work together to make your move easier. We support them so that they can support you. And because we provide a happy place to work we find that the positive attitude spreads.
Our hiring process is rigorous. We consider the background and future goals of every employee we select to represent us. Often, we hire ex-military because of their capacity for hard work. But as a general rule, we maintain extremely high standards when it comes to finding people that share our belief that hard work is a) important and b) should be rewarded. We believe in reciprocity and we employ those who think that any job worth doing should be done right.
The following is an excerpt from one of our latest “How Did We Do” Surveys:
Date of Move: May 23rd, 2011
Moving Crew: Javier, Donny & Richard
Client Name: Debbie
On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate the following?
Office Staff 10
Overall Cost/Value 10
Work Ethic Efficient 10
Overall Impression 10
Please Write any Comments or Suggestions:
We were very impressed with their attitude, very hardworking and great teamwork…Excellent Company!!!
Would you recommend to others? YES May we use you as a reference? YES