A year ago, I drove stick-shift through the Alps of Switzerland &
Austria, across Italy from Venice, Milano & down to the Mediterranean,
and in circles around every round-a-bout between Normandy and
Strasbourg, France. It was an incredible journey, albeit sometimes
stressful, given the lack of a GPS and
navigating road signs in a foreign language, but well worth it.
Back in the U.S. of A., this Spring Break’s road trip started in
Chicago and ended in crossing the Continental Divide in Colorado to
arrive in Breckenridge. I was THAT driver. As soon as it started
snowing and sleeting, I was scared I might slide off the edge of a
Rocky Mountain curve to our death. I hugged the inside lane & took my
sweet John Denver “Country Roads Take Me Home” Time.
The grandeur of the “American Alps” gave me renewed appreciation for 2
things. 1.) What a vast and gorgeous country we’re fortunate to live
in here in the U.S., and 2) Truckers.
As an aside (since this blog post really is about “Justice Snow’s Bar
+ Restaurant” in Aspen, Colorado & not Truckers), I must say: Truckers
are deserving of every kudos given in country songs lamenting and
praising their long hours and endless logged miles delivery everything
from fed-ex to fuel across America day in and day out. I don’t know
how they drive the Continental Divide in dangerous weather conditions,
but they do. Cowboy hats off to them.
Now back to “the rest of the story”
(http://www.paulharveyarchives.com/trots/). While in Colorado, we
played tourists in Aspen — known as one of the “IT” destination for
skiing for decades, the mountain mining town is beautifully cradled in
the snow-capped Rockies. This year, however, with one of the warmest
winters on record, snow conditions were not great for skiing, so we
explored the shops and restaurants and came across the recently opened
“Justice Snow’s Bar + Restaurant”. It was the Rocky Mountain
High-light of our visit (but not that kind of high… do people still
say “high” or is that a John Denver throw-back?)!
A new JUSTICE prevails in the SNOW’S town of Aspen, where Michele
Kiley (who goes by Kiley), Proprietress of the Restaurant + Bar,
serves locals and tourists alike in the historic Wheeler Opera House.
Kiley, an expert in gourmet cheeses and the food and beverage
industry, enthusiastically shared the narrative of making Justice
Snow’s happen with us as we felt like welcome regulars during our
visit. Not one to turn down the opportunity to talk-up the
collaborative efforts of a local community of artisans in Aspen even
more, Kiley joined myself and my co-host Heidi Feemster on “Trend On”*
blogtalkradio on the Linked Local Broadcast Network.
According to Kiley, it was no small fete to win the permit from the
local governing body in Aspen entrusted with the Historic Wheeler
Opera House Lease. But perseverance paid off and Kiley and her posse,
including partner Marco Cingolani in Fiercely Local, LLC, were given
the go-ahead to establish the Bar + Restaurant in the coveted
In keeping with the iconic significance of the 1800s building,
Brooklyn-based designer Matt Duncan recreated a bar and parlor
incorporating authentic elements. Copper, wood, antique pieces,
plaster, deer-skin leather-covered cushions, and even an original bank
vault door blend the ambiance of vintage turn of the century with
upscale contemporary, like a perfectly shaken & served cocktail.
The establishment’s best feature, bar-none, however, was it’s people:
Kiley, Joshua-Peter Smith–Lead Libations Liaison & Cocktail Mechanic
(more from Joshua-Peter & his “Shake, Rattle, & Snow” expertise in
part 2), and the rest of the staff. We were engaged, entertained, &
educated in the art of brews, wines, spirits, and pre-prohibition
cocktail-ing in addition to dining on the intentionally crafted
Offering patrons “Colorado-inspired” and “ridiculously affordable”
food and libations, the establishment boasts their local sources for
ingredients and caters to an eclectic clientele from ski bums and
locals to elite businessmen and celebrities.
Named “JUSTICE SNOW’S” by serendipity and a historic character, Kiley
says the namesake of the restaurant was an Aspen Justice of the Peace
back in the 1880s named Snow. The irony of the Justice named Snow in
the town known for Snow was not lost on Kiley and her entrepreneurial
Although Aspen is most known for skiing and winter vacays, it’s a
vibrant destination year round. With the summer season upon us, and
the likelihood of more sleet on the Continental Divide slightly less,
a drive to Aspen and dinner at Justice Snow’s Restaurant + Bar is as
worth it as any Euro-tour. Maybe bring John Denver along on the ipod.
For more info contact:
Kiley@Justicesnows.com ~ Justice Snow’s Restaurant + Bar
328 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, Aspen, CO 81611 ~ (970) 429-8192
*As heard on “TREND ON with Heidi Feemster & Tamara Leigh:
Could your business benefit from implementing an ERP?
It might, you think, but what is an ERP and how will it make my business better?
ERP, or Enterprise Resource Planning, is both a system and a software that in essence links or connects the components of a company together for improved integration within the company. (http://mandatek.com/services/erpfinancials/)
Whether you’re a smaller growing company, or an established one with an inefficient interfacing system, an ERP is an important part of the process towards increased profits and productivity.
ERP SYSTEMS: THE THEN & NOW and the WHAT & WHY.
Starting with a broad overview of ERS Systems here, we’ll look at what ERP was, what it is now, and why ERP is important for a prospective user.
Remember when cell phones first came out and they were big and clunky and never would’ve fit in Maxwell Smart’s shoe? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDsURw1rsj8)
If you don’t remember that, then you also probably can’t ever imagine a world where there wasn’t an iphone or a complex cloud of endless applications. But in that land before today’s time, ERP systems were not unlike the original cell phones in that they consisted of heavy computer equipment that required large IT support. The early ERP systems were not integrated with other key systems, were inward facing, and rather then emancipating the workers to be more productive with improved efficiency, initial ERPs made staff more dependent. As is the case with most big new things, the costs were higher, making it harder to justify the investment for the mid-market return.
But Now, when ROI is critical, ERP systems better meet the demand for integration and availability. They improve the speed of business and there’s a much more rapid deployment of the costs. With greatly improved ease of use, ERP systems currently provide such user independence that it’s increased value might only be realized if it were lost, after a business becomes so accustomed to it’s usefulness (much like Maxwell Smart’s Girl Friday, Agent 99).
So that’s the WHAT.
Next post we’ll look at the WHY. Why is ERP important for a prospective user?
We’ll answer that question in terms of ERP’s Process and
Information Integration, Mobility, Business Intelligence,
Collaboration, and Configurability — ability to change
reports for ease of use.
In the meantime, it’s equally important to know that ERPs
implementation facilitates growing your business (& isn’t
that the reason for having opened up your “shop” in the first place?) and provides for an increased return on the
investment in the company’s overall success.
HEIDI FEEMSTER’S BUSINESS MINUTE (as heard on “TREND ON with Heidi Feemster & Tamara Leigh):
Cloud computing continues to demonstrate that the advantages it promises are consistently delivered. These advantages of reduced cost, improved efficiency and greater flexibility have always held great appeal for the enterprise technology user, since, in simple terms, it means reduced capital and operational expense.
HansaWorld, established in Sweden in 1988 by founder Karl Bohlin, has introduced a number of Cloud Services to help businesses run more efficiently. The new functions, including Credit Card purchasing, SMS sending, Exchange Rate Lookup, Electronic payments, Credit History and Address Lookup are built into the program and need no additional software.
“The process of ERP moving into the cloud has already started,” says Johani Marais, South Africa country manager for HansaWorld. “Like many other cloud services, it starts with the most common services or modules, which are also the most mature and are somewhat commoditised. That sets the scene and lays the groundwork for further services to migrate into the cloud.”
Where ERP differs from consumer cloud services such as Facebook, Google or YouTube, is that there are serious consequences when there is any interruption to service. “System unavailability means lost income. This, together with security concerns, is perhaps the biggest inhibitor to market acceptance of enterprise cloud services,” notes Marais.
The question of what becomes of the ‘traditional’ enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems is a natural question to be asked as the era of cloud computing unfolds. The answer is likely to change the ERP landscape, both from a vendor and a user perspective. The larger ERP vendors will continue to purchase smaller vendors to gain their niche expertise, technology and staff. Users will demand easier implementation, better disaster recovery, improved online assistance & training and mobile capabilities. The battle between traditional ERP and Cloud based services has just begun and promises to be an interesting battle. The likely winners will be vendors who are able to deliver both traditional and cloud based offerings.
For more information on Hansaworld ERP or Cloud services, contact Heidi Feemster at Mandatek.