193. Red Rocks Vodka: The Story, The Strength, and The Spirit

“A good half of the art of living is resilience.”
― Alain de Botton

Step into the world of artisanal spirits with ‘Red Rocks Vodka: The Story, The Strength, and The Spirit.’ Join me and Founder, Ashley Blankenship, on a flavorful journey as we explore the Red Rocks Vodka journey, it’s meticulous craftsmanship, and the captivating spirit of the human, Ashley, behind the brand . Red Rocks Vodka is minority, woman owned, AND local- from its origin in the heart of the Rockies to the dedication and passion that goes into every bottle, this libation is filled with flavor and purpose. Get ready to sip, savor, and be inspired to take on life’s challenges, further recognize your own resilience- and remember to have fun while doing it!  Let’s raise our glasses to the exceptional story, strength, and spirit of Red Rocks Vodka.

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Red Rocks Vodka. Strength, spirit, resilience, life. Entrepreneurship. Taking a change. Self-discovery and internal belief. The power of showing up and letting go. The music business. Breakdowns and breakthroughs. Work hard, play hard, believe hard. Woman owned, minority owned, local small business. Colorado. 

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Time Stamps:

1:47- Intro, Ashley’s Background

5:00- Mental Health changes the path

7:15- We jumped in!

10:15- Moving to Colorado

12:00- Starting the business

14:00- Partnerships and support

15:40- Leaning into intuition

17:19- Déjà vu

20:24- Kids and social media, honest conversation

24:43- Breaking out of the box

25:32- Finding and defining yourself 

27:20- Wearing all the hats

29:16- What am I doing? 

28:26- I just want to help people

28:43- Humanizing the brand

31:29- Don’t sleep on the fun

31:46- Where can you get Red Rocks Vodka

34:18- The distribution game

36:42- Support your local brand, support your local content creator!

42:05- Upcoming events

44:18- What is success to you?

193. Red Rocks Vodka: The Story, The Strength, and The Spirit

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Ashley Blankenship:

Ashley is the owner of Red Rocks Spirits and currently wears many hats. She’s a former recording artist turned stay-at-home mom turned doula turned business woman. Her family is the most important thing in her life and cheerleading other women is her passion.

Red Rocks Spirits is a Colorado spirits company currently offering Red Rocks Vodka in the Denver Metro. Our focus is providing high quality local spirits at an affordable price. We believe Colorado is special. Cocktails should be simple. Friends and family come first.​

We’re proud to say we’re minority-woman owned. We love to have a good time and want to share the joy of responsibly imbibing a deliciously crafted cocktail with friends both old and new.



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192. Rebel with a Cause: The Process Leads To The Purpose

“Through suffering comes wisdom. Through surrender comes faith. Through resilience, comes hope. Keep going.”

– Rita Said

I am so excited about this conversation as I am welcoming longtime fitness family to the T&T mic, Gabriel (Gabs) Sandoval! Gabriel entered into the CrossFit world about the same time as I did, so we have seen the entire sport and culture grown and evolve from the ground up. Much like CrossFit, Gabriel shares his story as a rebel with a cause and how he trusted the process as it ultimately led him to his purpose. There are few things in life that are true, but one is for sure- almost nothing is as it seems. Gabriel played sports and was athletic in his past, but he had many twists and turns far from the gym before he was leading people on their fitness, health, and wellness journey. His story is one of process, loss, resilience, and major pivots- knowing that he wouldn’t be where he is now without each piece of the breakdown and breakthrough. If you are looking for an inspiring story wondering how it will all shake out for you, tune into this convo. It’s reminder for everyone to keep the faith, keep showing up, and to lean back into what you initially loved. It will work out.

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Breakdowns and breakthroughs. Becoming a fitness pro after an anti-fitness life. Loss, faith, resilience, and the clarity that comes. Being the youngest. Be at the right place at the right time. Taking on challenges and leading by example. Not having it all figured out. 

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Time Stamps:

1:55- Young Gabriel

5:58- Enter the party scene in high school

7:40- You are who you hang out with

10:31- Intellectual gifted, but don’t love school

13:45- I want to become a pro snowboarder

14:55- Actually not, logic sets in

16:01- I want to go back to school

16:32- A deep story, where my life forked in the road

17:02- Dealing Drugs

17:52- We always want more

18:27- Cocaine air

19:18- Stepping on the local toes

20:21- Tragedy happens

22:15- Saved by prom, my girlfriend saved my life

22:30- Healing in nature

29:20- Bartending, make that cash

31:23- CrossFit over medical school

35:32- I started training again

36:16- Lean and semi mean

38:29- Intro to CrossFit

38:44- I’m a rebel 

39:08- Semi wise words…

45:46- I wasn’t as fit as I thought

50:12- CrossFit, I was in

54:01- I didn’t plan to be a gym owner

58:16- Community is the success

1:00:00- What is CrossFit going to look like 10yrs for now

1:00:01- MOB, the facility

1:03:23- Authentically bleeding the cause

1:05:56- Don’t be a boss, be a leader

1:09:50- Come in for a free workout

192.Rebel with a Cause: The Process Leads To The Purpose

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Gabriel (Gabs) Sandoval

Owner/Head Coach @ CrossFit MOB

From a young age I always enjoyed being active. I started wrestling when I was six years old and continue to do so for about 10 years. Once I got to middle school and high school I started to play football and basketball and I also got into skateboarding and snowboarding.

After high school, I moved to the mountains so I could snowboard more. I did that for about a year and then decided I wanted to go back to college so I moved back to Denver. During my time in college is when I really got into physical exercise and around that same time as what I found CrossFit. That was about 13 years ago. I immediately fell in love with Crossfit and started coaching Crossfit as much as I could. 

I graduated college in 2014 with my degrees in biology and chemistry. After that I worked in the medical field for a short period of time and then I got the opportunity to become a gym manager at a CrossFit gym so I did that. About a year and a half later I got an opportunity become a partial owner. In about five years ago, I got an opportunity to become the majority owner of Crossfit MOB, which I did.

We now have one of the bigger CrossFit gyms in the state of Colorado and I can see I truly love what I do. Health and fitness are my passion and leading people in that direction is why I get up and do what I do every day.




Gabriel Serafin Sandoval


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191. Denver Pub Crawl: Mission Driven Humans Uniting Us One Social Sip At A Time

“There is beauty and power in unity. We must be united in heart and mind. One world, one people.”

– Lailah Gifty Akita

We are excited to continue to highlight and focus on the local mission driven humans in Colorado making moves while making impact! Today we have the awesome and determined Founders of Denver Pub Crawl, Ty Sondag and Logan Lakos. Denver Pub Crawl is not your average crazy bar crawl, it’s an organized small group (ish) curated experience with safety and unity at the forefront.  Both Ty and Logan have had amazing experiences on international pub crawls while traveling and they teamed up to bring that experience to Denver… and eventually, beyond. Both share their journey’s in life thus far and they’re overall mission of positive impact in this world all while having a good time. If you are local to Colorado, just visiting, or want to see a new side of Denver, sign up for one of their coming crawls- it’s a VIP experience on a budget with fellow fun humans. Community, unity, connection- cheers!

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Uniting the world one sip at a time. National vs. International pub crawls. Putting safety and responsibly at the forefront of a fun business. Entrepreneurship and wearing all the hats. Doing business the right way and taking care of people. Reputation and graceful disruption. Chasing the dream and serving your purpose. The past predicting the preset. 

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Time Stamps:

Time Stamps:

4:30- Ty’s Back Story

5:36- Logan’s Back Story

10:30- Ty and Logan Meet, Launch Denver Pub Crawl… and the pandemic happens

12:06- We’re back after the pandemic, unite the people18:00- The experience after the pandemic- bars love us!

22:13- We bring more than drink specials, we bring an experience 36:00- Everyone is welcome to join- locals, travelers, solos

36:40- American style pub crawls vs international pub crawls46:00- Contributing to something larger than ourselves

56:38- How did you get into this business?

1:04- Overcoming fear and just starting

1:15:00- We are so proud of our reputation, check the reviews!

1:21:50- Our training, staff, and non-profits

1:31:21- Conscious conversation and guidelines

1:43:01- Private events/parties

1:50:00- The craziest story of one of our bar crawls…

1:50:21- What is success to you?

191. Denver Pub Crawl: Mission Driven Humans Uniting Us One Social Sip At A Time

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Ty Sondag is the co-founder and CEO of Denver Pub Crawl. When he’s not crawling, you can find him traveling, running, and lending a hand at beer, wine, and food festivals. 

 Logan Lakos is the Co-Founder and COO of Denver Pub Crawl. He grew up in Austin, TX, and has been taking advantage of the outdoors Boulder and Denver has to offer for almost eight years now. 

What is Denver Pub Crawl?Maybe you’re local and don’t know the best bars in Denver. Maybe you’re on vacation, or new in town, and want to be introduced to Denver nightlife. Denver Pub Crawl is an all-access party pass that grants you exclusive access to drink specials at each of our venues, as we “crawl” from one fun bar to the next. Crawling is a laid-back night time experience where hosts take ticket-holders bar hopping in Downtown Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood, LoDo.  

Denver Pub Crawl:How does a pub crawl work?Grab a ticket and get ready! First, you meet a Denver Pub Crawl Host at the starting location. They get you checked in, introduce you to the group and make sure you have everything you need for the crawl. You’ll grab a drink and get to know your new friends for the evening. Before you know it, the host will announce that it’s time to close out and head to the next bar. You’ll hit 4 or more bars during your crawl, and the host will let you know once you’ve reached the last. Some of our bars offer food, and there are usually food trucks along the way. Sometimes, your host will initiate games for the group if the vibe is right.  Denver Pub Crawl works directly with our partner bars in LoDo to give you the very best drink specials in Denver every single week.  



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190. Empower & Elevate: The Entrepreneur’s Path to Team and Community Triumph

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

-Winston Churchill

Join us in this episode of Empower & Elevate: The Entrepreneur’s Path to Team and Community Triumph, as we sit down with Andrew Dana, the visionary force behind Call Your Mother Bagel Deli and Timber Pizza Co. Discover Andrew’s journey from food enthusiast to entrepreneurial success story, and how he weaved together a thriving team and a vibrant community to achieve triumph.

Andrew’s story is a testament to the power of unwavering belief and tenacity. Learn how he transformed challenges into opportunities, proving that a clear vision can conquer any obstacle- especially if you love food! Explore Andrew’s strategies for building a strong team culture, emphasizing equal and long-term opportunity, mutual respect, and continuous growth. Discover how nurturing a dedicated team fuels business excellence. Andrew shares his insights into the transformative impact of community engagement, showcasing the remarkable outcomes that arise from socially conscious entrepreneurship. Andrew’s resilience and adaptability offer inspiration for all, highlighting the lessons learned from failures and the path to embracing change. For emerging entrepreneurs, Andrew’s wisdom shines brightly. Uncover the value of mentorship, networking, and the relentless pursuit of knowledge. #teamworkdreamwork

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Entrepreneurship. Chasing the dream. Going through the motions and then pivoting to follow your heart. Finding your purpose. Believe in something bigger. Not having it all figured out. Hard work, but fun. Showing up and trusting the process, no matter what. 

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Time Stamps:

Time Stamps:

2:17- Andrew as a kid, growing through the motions 

5:00- Let’s sell pizza

5:37- I love food, the journey begins 

9:07- I lived, clarity came

9:55- Open Timber Pizza

11:49- We made the list, everything changed

13:50- Working with your spouse 

18:22- Bagels are hard to make, let’s do it

20:00- we are the brand and the recipe

23:20- listen to your body, trust the universe

24:38- my high-end high school ruined my confidence 

30:00- do the hard work, feel the authentic joy

32:12- being involved with the community 

34:33- not talking about all the good we’re doing, now 

35:27- Authenticity 

36:48- Consulting to help

39:18- Coming to Colorado- GFE’s

39:50- We hire for personality

41:00- hire for the long-term

45:16- Things to come!

46:00- Final words of advice

46:23- What is success to you?

190.Empower & Elevate: The Entrepreneur’s Path to Team and Community Triumph

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Andrew Dana, Call Your Mother Bagel DeliOwners chef Daniela Moreira and Chief Doughboi, Andrew Dana, began this wild and wonderful journey at farmer’s markets in DC. After opening our flagship shop in Park View in the Fall of 2018, it was clear that folks in our community needed MORE CARBS! Since then, we’ve assembled a dream team and opened up several new locations throughout DC, Maryland and alllll the way across the country in Denver, Colorado! We’re on a mission to spread #bagellove to everyone with an appetite and our next stop might be your back yard (figuratively speaking)! We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we’re serious about bagels. With a *chef’s kiss* of honey, they’re somewhere between a classic NY-style bagel and the sweeter, Montreal-style bagels from our friends up North. Andrew is Jewish; the nostalgia of family traditions and the eclectic food from their childhoods were the genesis of our menu.  Food is important, but people are the most important ingredient. In addition to being a phenomenal place to eat, we aim to be great neighbors and one of the best places to work!  Some of our longtime partners include: Urban Alliance to offer career training to area youth, AYUDA to help transform the lives of underserved immigrants, Food Rescue and Martha’s Table to do our part to end hunger in DC. We’re committed to making a positive impact in our community and using our platform to raise money and awareness for causes we care deeply about.




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