Champps No More - Promenade Shops at Briargate update

I was driving through the Promenade Shops at Briargate this week, I think I needed to make an exchange. I was driving around, checking out the changes. While I know Champps Sports Bar & Restaurant closed several months ago... low and behold they have torn the building down. Out of curiosity I stopped by the management office. They are so friendly and more than happy to share what's going on in the Shops. I suspect paritally because traffic to the east side of the Shops isn't the greatest, they are making some major traffic pattern changes!

They are beginning the process of tearing out the fountain and landscaping between PFChangs and Biaggi's. They are going to take a small road through that area, and the former Champps location, to draw people over to the east side of the Shops. 

In addition they will be building another building (or maybe 2), with 4 retail shops and 2 "fast casual" dining. To me that is along the lines of their existing Panera and Q'doba style restaurants... for lunch-goers to order quickly and dine during lunch... or high school students on their lunch hour. 

As of now they do not have the tenants in line, I'm sure they need to know what the lay-out will be to sell it to new tenants, and be closer to setting up occupancy of the new spaces. I hope it helps spread out the traffic. If you've ever been to lunch there you know the corner by Ted's Montana Grill provides no available parking and just stays congested east all the way to White House | Black Market. 

I did take a picture to show the area, but it's really a terrible picture, so I'll snap another one and add it to this blog if I have another good opportunity. 

Sidenote: Im sure this extremely gorgeous late-season weather has been fabulous for the outdoor shopping concept locations like the Shops. Happy Holidays!! Happy Shopping!! 

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Balancing Your Life

Websters Dictionary defines balance as "equality of distribution."   This means giving the same energy to both sides.  For me this concept is always a challenge, giving appropriately to all things without overdoing it in one area.  As a Realtor it's easy to overdo.   Our job is often seven days a week.  We work weekdays and weekends, anytime all the time.  We can easily let this work consume us where we have no personal life or time for family.

What I have learned is to take that personal time whenever the opportunity arises.  It may be on a Sunday morning when the phone is not ringing off the hook, that I can steal some down time with the family, make breakfast together, go to church.   It may be a snow day when house showings quiet down, that I have a chance to catch up on valuable reading or housework.  Or like today, it's Tuesday morning and I just snuck away to a Yoga class at Villa Sport, my favorite local athletic club.  Whatever the case, it's important to give back to myself so that I don't burn out and become one of those crusty old agents who complains about working all the time. 

Longevity is my personal goal in this business.  I want to do this work until I'm 75 years old.   And the only way I will accomplish this is to pace myself, to not burn all my energy today and leave nothing for tomorrow.  Pacing myself, giving back to my body and loved ones is how I manage to keep good balance in my life.  Afterall, I plan to be a Realtor for another 28 years or so!

 

 

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Things Realtors' Kids Say

Since the holiday season is upon us, I thought I'd share some funny personal kids antics, and particularly as I've spent the past couple days helping my sister shop for a home! And well, since my boys are out of school, they've been drug along for the "fun". They aren't afraid to share their opinions..."we like the one with the open space in front, so when we visit her we can play outside". But the funnier one was, "I'm glad she chose that one, it has the upgraded appliances she was looking for, and the built-in microwave that none of the other ones had"...it's just funny out if the mouth of a 10-year-old. Kids are so observant and listening even when we don't think they are. 

I got this one from teammate, Nicole Happel....after driving with her daughter for a bit to an area her daughter was unfamiliar with, she looked up from what she was doing and asked Nicole where they were. Nicole responded (No, I won't be telling you where.) To which her daughter said "why would anyone want to live here?"

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Things Realtors' Kids Say (part 2)

I have no clue why, when I click to post yesterday's blog, it deleted the second half. So...here are my other 2 stories...

This first one comes from Nicole again. Our kids often overhear our negotiations and contract discussions, because we're always working, often driving them to and from school, extracurricular activities, etc. Well, Nicole was discussing a roof repair with her client and the other Realtor in a series of phone calls. Her daughter politely waited for her to finish her call and asked "doesn't home owners insurance cover that repair?" Ha! 

Several years ago when we were a team in a large office, I brought my boys by to show off their adorable Halloween costumes. As we rode up in the elevator, my oldest (who was 4 or 5-years-old at the time) told me "these are really nice granite tile floors mommy."... Seriously, what little kids care about that, but a Realtor's?! 

Comments like these often make us wonder if our kids will follow in our real estate foot steps....a truly scary, but fun thought. There are, after all plenty of parent-child teams in our business...our broker's daughter works with us! I can see my youngest son building or flipping houses with me someday....but who knows?!

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When Clients Become Friends

I just said goodbye to Barry and Shareen.  In 2006, they moved here from Southern California and bought their Colorado Springs home.  I was their Buyer's Agent.  Today, they sold that home and moved to Durango.  It was a good closing but a tough goodbye, when I teared up as we hugged in the parking lot.

They are more than clients.  They are friends.  We have enjoyed many good times together.  They bought my daughter her first sleeping bag, a Disney princess themed one, back when she when she was three. We have water skiied at Pueblo Reservoir.  We have snow skiied at Monarch Mountain.   We have celebrated many X-Mas Eve dinners together at Musashi.  We have shared our families.  We have laughed and seen each other through difficult life struggles.

As an 18 year veteran in the real estate business, I often joke that I don't have time for any more "friends."   But the truth is friends somehow find us.  We may not set out with the intention of connecting at such a personal level, but with a special few it becomes personal at some point. 

I'm trying not to be sad.  I know that you will be happy in Durango.  You have good jobs and beautiful scenery to enjoy, and you have each other.  I will always cherish our sweet times together!  Thank you for letting me help you and for being my friends.

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