May 1, 1999

Omni gets ready for July rollout

The Eye, checking out the new Omni Interlocken Resort, heard this trivia tidbit about hotel elevators: The bell sounds once if the car is headed up and twice if it’s headed down. This came from David Sackmann, Omni regional sales manager, who said a friend clued him in. “He looked at me like, You don’t know that?’ ” Sackmann said.

In your room at the Omni, which will open in early July with introductory prices of $129 to $155 a night, you, of course, don’t have to choose between the phone and the Internet. You will have both at your disposal. “Our goal obviously is to be a home away from home or an office away from the office,” explained tour-guide Stacey Pina, director of hotel sales.

Last but not least, Broomfield finally will get the sit-down restaurants it so desires. The Omni will feature gourmet restaurant MZritage and The Tap Room for casual fare and libation. The Lobby Bar “with its elegant, yet relaxed atmosphere” was designed to be the gathering place for the community at Interlocken business park.

Denver and the Colorado Rockies stadium will be one of three test markets nationally for the rollout by Seagram of Bulleit, its newest bourbon. Bulleit, the legend goes, was first made in 1830 by Augustus Bulleit, and his great-great-grandson, Thomas Bulleit, Jr., was on hand to meet and greet at a media preview. Given the fact that the Eye has roots in Kentucky, it only seemed appropriate to trudge through a snowstorm to the Coors Stadium suite. So what if everyone (including three “tasters” from the Boulder Planet) knew the game would be called, getting “several” samples of the four to six-year byproduct of Kentucky-limestone filtered water, corn, barley malt, rye and a little yeast certainly made the RTD Rockies ride worthwhile.

Betty Lou Brock, the widow of Boulder County Business Hall of fame inductee Thomas Brock, the late certified public accountant who started Brock and Co. CPAs, P.C., thanked everyone for turning out — “especially” on April 15. Her husband, she said, “always called the 15th of April New Years Day.’ “

A slide featuring Business Hall of Fame winners Rob and Carol Lathrop, former owners of Louisville Rental Center, on an elephant in Thailand did more than just illustrate their love of exotic travel. It showed dreams come true. “One of my main goals in life was to be the girl in the circus who gets to ride the elephant,” Carol said.

Reincarnations: A longtime Boulderite and former owner of the 16th and Pearl streets music store Folk Arts has moved to Longmont and launched a Web site at www.pizzapal.com to sell kits of equipment and recipes for making “really great” pizza at home. Ned Alterman says his goal was “not just to sell stuff but to turn the world on to great homemade pizza.”

Five different pizza kits run from $59.88 to $95.88 (the family kit), and you can download a free copy of his book “Pizza Secrets” from the site. The book is a cookbook, method book and catalog of equipment. The kits themselves are shipped direct from the manufacturer in Illinois. Alterman received one e-mail from Macao, a territory in southeast China. An American there had stumbled onto his Web site and wrote to say he hadn’t had a good pizza in a few years.

Y2K means computer backups, right? The idea hasn’t been lost on Iomega Corp., which will market a special red-colored Y2K “solution” disk in its newest packaging of ZIP drives. In addition, Mike Lynch, director of ZIP product marketing & licensing at Iomega’s Longmont facility, says the company is launching a “Beyond PC” initiative, promoting use of Zip and smaller Clik! Mobile Drives for markets like digital photography, game systems, medical devices, printers, scanners and others.

The Eye, checking out the new Omni Interlocken Resort, heard this trivia tidbit about hotel elevators: The bell sounds once if the car is headed up and twice if it’s headed down. This came from David Sackmann, Omni regional sales manager, who said a friend clued him in. “He looked at me like, You don’t know that?’ ” Sackmann said.

In your room at the Omni, which will open in early July with introductory prices of $129 to $155 a night, you, of course, don’t have to choose between the phone and the Internet. You…

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