Kumon Math & Reading of Boulder…Investing in the Future, One Kid at a Time

For longtime local John Redding, head instructor of Kumon at the Village, a passion for learning is an understatement. With degrees in Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, and Civil Engineering, John has worked as an engineer, an actuary and has taught mathematics, physics, English and several other subjects at private schools.

When he and his wife – an environmental scientist – were ready to start a family, John switched gears and stayed home with their two children, Ben and Ellie. As the kids grew, so did John’s desire to open a meaningful small business. He spent countless hours researching opportunities that connected with him, and Kumon kept coming up. “For this next life chapter, I wanted to be part of something bigger that would help make our community and the world a better place – and what better way to do that than to invest in the futures of our children,” says John. With a love for working with kids and a passion for math, Kumon seemed to fit the bill. Read more

Pak Mail – Excellence delivered

Gil Karpel opened Pak Mail Boulder in 1986, the same year the Macintosh Plus computer debuted, and Top Gun was a box office hit.

“We’ve seen major changes and survived it all,” says Gil. Read more

Pedestrian Shops – Building a lasting business one step at a time

Since 1969, the family-owned Pedestrian Shops has been dedicated to the mission of encouraging customers to enjoy life and take a walk. They achieve this goal through a simple formula, providing quality goods and friendly personal service.

“I feel like part of the extended family,” admits Whitney Maurer, an Assistant Manager who has been with the store for nine years. Read more

Barris Laser & Skincare – Growing gracefully in Boulder for 20 years

After graduating from the University of Vermont, Dana Barris Brenick moved to Breckenridge and then San Francisco before settling in Boulder, were the small-town feel and active lifestyle felt like home. It was here, while hiking Sanitas, that Dana contemplated a career in either real estate or electrolysis, something she had been introduced to back in college. She settled on the latter and opened Barris Laser & Skincare in 1997.

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