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Anne Klein

Fish Kiss

The name Fish Kiss came from the goofy fish face kisses Owner Anne Klein would give her nieces and nephews. After designing for over a decade in corporate America at such companies as Crocs and Lily Pulitzer, Anne wanted to create a brand that celebrated the strong bond between people and places.

From USA-made serving platters to luxurious baby accessories, Fish Kiss is all about the details as well as the connection made through its artwork. Anne’s designs have appeared in Nordstrom’s, L.L. Bean, Von Maur, and other retailers as well as featured on Good Morning America and in Earnshaw’s Magazine. She enjoys traveling, paddle boarding, cross-country skiing, and enjoying a good glass of wine and movie with her best friend and husband, Andrew.

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Judy Giampieri

Gaucho de Argentina

Judy is a Colorado native and very proud of that!  

She is the "wisest" of six kids and believes that God has a hand in her company called Gaucho de Argentina! It all started at a family gathering in June 2013 and after two years of renting a school kitchen she decided if she was going to be serious about business she needed a home.  

Erie has been their home for almost six years. “We love the people and everything that is Erie!  The town fair, concerts in the park, farmers market, we did it all and loved every minute of it!!” She is a mother of three children, they are her pride and joy! In her spare time she loves to travel the world and recently took up fishing and has become pretty good at it!  She feels very blessed and gives back as often as she can. Judy is a trained first responder through the Thornton CERT program and a graduate from the City of Thornton Citizens Fire Academy.  

Gaucho de Argentina has been able to grow from a small kitchen in Erie serving hot empanadas to locals to being a staple at local grocery stores such as Lucky's Market and Erie's own Stop 'n' Save convenience store.  We remain hopeful for what the future might hold!!

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Danay Powers & Andy Passen

DP's Sweet Life

Since DP's launch in 2017, I have lived the true American Entrepreneur's dream. Like many small American businesses, the bakery began out of our house as we provided custom cakes, cookies, and cupcakes for special events. Fairly soon, we were fulfilling roughly 20 orders a week and we had five employees working out of our home! I knew that it was time to spread our wings, take the risk, and find a new commercial space for DP’s Sweet Life. In March of 2018, we did just that.

Knowing that we didn’t have the funds to secure a contractor, my husband and I spent roughly eight months, sacrificing out nights and weekend to renovate an old liquor store in our town and transform it into the sweetest place on earth. In December of 2018, we officially moved operations into the new home of DP’s Sweet Life.

Fast forward to today, DP’s Sweet Life is proud to supply the best tasting and best looking dessert items around. We provide custom cakes, decorated sugar cookies, and custom cupcakes for any occasion. We also offer an extremely busy retail area that sells our World’s Best Cinnamon Rolls, Cupped Cakes, Cookie Six Packs, and Macarons. Lastly, we took the time and developed our own smash hit, at home cookie decorating kits called Decorate with DP. We pride ourselves on making the most eye popping and mouth watering desserts around by using quality ingredients and a meticulous eye. With help from our amazing team at DP’s, we really are providing smiles to our community every day with our incredible treats. Ordering from DP's means that you will be helping make this mom of four entrepreneurial dream a reality.


Tony Gambee

Latitude Digital, Woodward Barbers and Happy Family Rentals

Tony is the president of Latitude Digital, and owner of Woodward Barbers and Happy Family Rentals. Three very different industries: technology, personal services, and hospitality.

Tony has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience including founding 3 companies, a small startup exit, long-term growth strategies, and a lot of fun. He barely contains his energy for opportunities and dreaming of the next thing.

Married 24 years and having raised two sons are his largest joys; providing jobs and growing mature businesses are his daily focuses. Tony's super power is learning about the challenges a business faces and then helping create technology solutions to solve those problems.

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Thomas Milburn

Calvary Bible Church

Thomas Milburn serves as the Erie Campus Pastor for Calvary Bible Church.  Calvary Bible Church has a long history of more than 130 years, beginning in 1889 by four families who came to Boulder from Sweden. 

Calvary started its roots in Erie in 2006 when it launched its second campus and began meeting at Erie High School.  In 2011 Calvary Bible Church purchased 11 acres in Erie that now serves as their permanent location.  The Grand Opening of their location on 615 Evans St took place in 2014.  

Calvary is committed to building a Christ-centered community of people, fully devoted to loving God and loving others. Calvary Bible Church has long been a faithful steward within our community and continuously serves within and provides financial resources to organizations and individuals in our community. 

500 Briggs Street, Suite 200 |  PO Box 1101 | Erie, CO 80516

720-381-2786 |

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