Westminster Business to Hold Grand Opening April 6

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (March 22, 2019) – From the outside, it looks like a charming shop with an artsy feel. Once inside, there’s no mistaking this is a place for creativity to blossom, DIY confidence to take hold, and memories to be made. The Westminster, Colo., Board & Brush Creative Studio, located at 5674 W. 88th Ave., is holding its grand opening Saturday, April 6 from 1-3 p.m. with gift bags for the first 20 people and a chance to win a private VIP sign-making party for six valued at $390. Free snacks and drinks round out the festivities. Attendees will get a first look inside the studio decorated with lots of signs to get the creative juices flowing, with workshops to start that evening. The grand opening event is free and open to the public. For more on the new studio and to register for a workshop to create your own home décor piece of art, log on to

You need not be a master craftsperson to sign up at the Westminster studio, with novices feeling right at home at Board & Brush thanks to the instructor-led format of the workshops during which attendees are guided through the ins and outs of power tools, paint, art and assembly, with all materials supplied by the studio. Each workshop lasts about three hours and attendees can select from hundreds of design templates, with new ones added each month. The company works with top graphic designers around the country to create the designs, most with a vintage farmhouse look. A workshop cost is $65 and pre-registration is required.

The studio is owned by daughter/mother duo, Megan Fernandez and Candice Gilbert. Fernandez, who led the charge in opening the business, is a numbers person by trade, having graduated with a business degree and working in the accounting field. But as she tells it, she always had a bug for DIY projects and crafting. “My mom bought me my first sewing machine as a Mother’s Day gift after our daughter was born and I taught myself,” said Fernandez. She admitted that her craft shelf quickly turned into a craft closet and then a craft room. “When I learned about Board & Brush from a friend’s posting on Facebook, I told my husband this was what I always wanted to do when I grew up!”

Gilbert worked in insurance and financial services for many years, including managing branch offices in Florida. “Megan called me in October and told me she found this perfect business opportunity, so I retired and moved here,” shared Gilbert. While she claims she’s not the creative type, her daughter was quick to disagree, noting the many home improvement and renovation projects Gilbert has tackled over the years

and Gilbert’s first experience at Board & Brush. “My mom’s first Board & Brush sign was perfect, which is exactly the example we want to set for our customers,” said Fernandez. “If I can do it anybody can, I even surprised myself,” added Gilbert.

When asked what it’s like to work side-by-side, they spoke in unison. “It’s family and even if we disagree, we still end the day happy,” they chuckled.

Fernandez added, “My mom is so personable, she’s managed people, and that’s why I invited her to be my partner.” Gilbert noted that “I followed her to Florida and now Colorado, we’ve always been that close.”

As for the appeal of owning a business, Fernandez said it had everything to do with this particular concept. “Being our own boss and setting our own schedule appealed to both of us, plus we have the support of being part of a national franchise,” said Fernandez. “My six-year-old daughter, who could color before she could walk, sees us owning this business and being creative and that means so much to me.”

The Westminster Board & Brush studio is located in the Westminster Village Shopping Center in the city’s “old downtown” district, an up-and-coming area with lots of new shops and restaurants. The studio is just steps away from a brand new light rail station, so customers can make an evening of it while letting someone else do the driving. Inside, the studio has a rustic workshop look to it, balanced with warm and homey décor touches.

Fernandez expects the designs tied to family and the outdoors to be especially popular with their customers based on early bookings. Family will be a focus of their charitable donations too as they explore partnering with schools and non-profits that help children. Groups interested in hosting a fundraising workshop should contact the studio directly.

About Board & Brush Creative Studio

What started as a holiday “girl’s night out” in Hartland, Wis., with wine and crafts in the founder’s basement turned into a business idea and then a reality in March of 2015. The founder of the company, Julie Selby, has a passion for helping women and couples follow their dreams to be business owners and empowering workshop attendees to try a DIY project to put them on a path to new confidence and creativity. Board & Brush Creative Studio was ranked one of the top 50 fastest growing franchises in the U.S. for 2019 by Entrepreneur magazine, with more than 200 locations in 39 states and counting. Board & Brush offers a wide variety of hands-on experiences including workshops, private parties, bridal showers, bachelorette gatherings, corporate events, and fundraisers. All projects are a flat fee and include everything needed to leave with a piece of art that looks professionally made. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at a workshop. The company’s website is Board & Brush Creative Studio has its corporate headquarters in Hartland, Wis.

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Blo Blow Dry Bar Makes Denver Debut

Blo Blow Dry Bar Makes Denver Debut

Blo LoDo is owned and operated by multi-unit franchise partners Christopher Leno and John Hernandez, who also own the Blo Blow Dry Bar in Boulder which opened last year. With a background in customer service, business operations and development and experience in launching brands in new markets, Leno and Hernandez are poised for success as they introduce Denver to the exceptional services Blo has to offer.

“Over the past couple years, LoDo has attracted the interest of many, including ours. With the recent growth and demand for more beauty retailers to fill the void in this space, we quickly realized that this area was the perfect spot for us to open our second Blo location,” said Leno. “The diversity in people, industries and culture is one of a kind and the reasons why many move here, so we’re really excited to see Blo LoDo make an impact in this thriving community.”

Blo LoDo is conveniently situated inside Colorado’s highly anticipated condominium building, The Coloradan. With trendy retailers, dining options and Union Station in close proximity, flawless hair and makeup is now easily accessible for those in the area, any time of the day. Blo’s expertly trained team of stylists is ready to get Denver locals tressed to impress through top-notch style services, treatments and personalized care.

Boasting a modern and chic interior design with a friendly and professional staff, the 876 square-foot space will have 10 stations in total, including two for makeup and eight for hairstyling. Not your average blowout bar, Blo Blow Dry Bar will offer blowouts, up-dos, makeup, hair styling on the go, bridal services and an exclusive array of celebrity-approved and cult-favorite luxury retail products such as Unite, Color Wow, and Glo Skin Beauty.

“Our team is excited to continue to grow our brand in Colorado with Christopher and John. Together they have great attributes that without a doubt will set them up for success in Denver,” said Vanessa Yakobson, CEO of Blo Blow Dry Bar.

Recognized as America’s original blow dry bar, Blo Blow Dry Bar believes in creating an inclusive space where people of all ages, ethnicities and orientations can feel welcomed, represented and gorgeous. Combining a sophisticated design with a fun and lively environment, Blo creates a seamless and enjoyable experience for guests from start to finish. Expertly trained bloers are available for consultation seven days a week to meet the needs of all customers. Blo’s hair menu includes seven signature styles to choose from, ranging from a sleek ponytail to flirty and bouncy curls.

Blo LoDo is open from dawn to dusk seven days a week. Walk-ins are accepted and online reservations are available at or via the app (available for IOS or Android). Appointments can also be made by calling 303-632-7566. To stay up to date on the latest news and promotions, follow Blo LoDo on Facebook and Instagram. For more information on Blo Blow Dry Bar, visit

About Blo Blow Dry Bar

Blo Blow Dry Bar is North America’s original blow dry bar and the world’s largest blow dry bar franchise. The company transformed beauty norms and reinvented the salon industry when it launched the “no cuts, no color” concept: only blow outs. Since opening its first location in Canada in 2007, Blo has grown to over 130 locations across the U.S., Canada and the Philippines and continues to expand rapidly. With a mission to enhance the lives of those in the community through the power of flawless blow outs and beauty services, Blo Blow Dry Bar offers perfectly styled hair and exceptional customer experiences seven days a week. For more information visit

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