In my final blog post of 2015, I thought it was appropriate to spend a little time to recap LRA's humble (yet meaningful to us!) activities. I also want to thank those who have helped us get established in our first year. We opened our doors for business in Old Town Louisville in March of this year, and made little hesitation to get to know our neighbors, and participate in community events and traditions.
First, I want to thank Kevin and Janet Kaiser, owners of Kaiser Lock & Key for being wonderful landlords, neighbors and friends. Soon after we moved in, our team met Shelley and Amy at the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, and we were thrilled to become a new member and take part in several business events, allowing us to get to know other local business members. Through the Chamber (or just meandering around Main Street) we soon met new friends who also owned small, but thriving businesses, including Jackie and Brent Friesth, of Bolder Insurance, Diane Ward of Nothing Bundt Cakes, Patrick Walsh of Bittersweet Cafe, Todd Stevensen of Por Winehouse, MaryLynn Gillaspie Photography and the list goes on and on. We have had so much fun at chamber events that we recently decided to join the Superior Chamber of Commerce as well.
Since we are big fans of Louisville's First Fridays Art Walks, LRA joined the Louisville Arts District. We were proud to put a yellow balloon out in front of our building and host the colorful, whimsical art of Jessie Light. While we were at it, we decided to support the Downtown Business Association and the Louisville History Foundation with our membership as well. We also wanted to join the local school community and have chosen to sponsor the Monarch High School Boosters to support student athletics and music, as well as the MoHi After Prom, designed to keep kids safe on prom night in April each year.
This past summer, we proudly sponsored two community running events: the Centaurus High School Cross Country Waneka Classic Run and Relay for Life of East Boulder County, which works to raise funds to end cancer. We also made appearances at the Chamber's Taste of Louisville held in June, as well as several of the DBA's Friday Night Street Faires. Since LRA is located just a block from Main Street, we opened our doors and served refreshments and even gave away free parking in a Facebook contest we held during the summer.
We also enjoyed working with the City of Louisville Planner, Lauren Trice, who wrote an informational blog article for LRA's Main Street Blog about Small Business Saturday and Louisville's Historic Preservation Fund. We hope to entice Lauren to write for us again in the new year. You can read her guest blog published in November here.
As a finale to cap off our community involvement in 2015, LRA hosted Hot Cocoa & Holiday Treats, to help warm up Parade of Lights attendees during the chilly Colorado night, earlier this month. We had so much fun in 2015 that we can hardly wait for 2016 to arrive. We plan to expand and add more licensed realtors to our brokerage, and expect our business to grow in 2016. We plan to continue to provide top level service to our clients, helping them to purchase and sell residential and investment properties. We also plan to increase our sponsorships of local schools to include the Monarch High School Band, as well as the school's newspaper, The Howler. If you are a member of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, save the date for August 18th. That is when LRA is hosting a After Hours Business event. We are still brainstorming ideas on what to serve, and so far, the number one idea is to have a pig roast!
As we grown, one thing will remain the same at Louisville Realty Associates. That is our commitment to our community in and around Louisville, as well as our continued involvement and enthusiasm to be a part of the small business community here in town. We wish you a happy New Year and can't wait to see all the good things that 2016 will bring us all!
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