AtlasIED “Sound Masking Basics” and “Tuning Sound Masking” Training Courses Approved for Various Continuing Education Credits

AtlasIED “Sound Masking Basics” and “Tuning Sound Masking” Training Courses Approved for Various Continuing Education Credits

New courses offer continuing education credits from AIA, AVIXA, and BICSI, and deliver valuable insights about sound masking techniques, tuning, and designing environments for optimal acoustical comfort and privacy.

Orlando, FL – (September 2019) AtlasIED is excited to announce that two new courses—“Sound Masking Basics” and “Tuning Sound Masking”—are approved for various continuing education credits from AIA, AVIXA, and BICSI.

“Sound Masking Basics”—approved for one AIA CEU, one AVIXA RU, and one BICSI CEC—is a one-hour live course designed for Information and Communications Technology professionals, AV integration professionals, interior designers, or architects wishing to learn the basics of Sound Masking and how it is applied to create acoustical comfort and privacy in today’s open office plan. The course eliminates the mystery and myths that are prevalent today as more and more companies and facilities look for ways to improve office acoustics, increase employee productivity and wellness, and enhance speech privacy. At the end of the course, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify where sound masking can be utilized
  • Understand the concept of using random sound to cover unwanted sounds
  • List the advantages of adding sound masking in an office to provide privacy and acoustical comfort
  • Understand some design concepts of successful masking systems

“Tuning Sound Masking System”—approved for one AVIXA RU and one BICSI CEC—is also a live one-hour course that reveals the methods used in tuning Sound Masking Systems to a specific curve. The course covers the need for masking system tuning, along with where to take measurements, site requirements, and recommended test equipment. The presentation lists the steps necessary to tune both Direct Field and Indirect Field Masking Systems. Attendees will:

  • Learn why Direct Field Masking Systems require post-install tuning
  • Be exposed to typical masking contours
  • Know where to make 1/3rd-octave measurements
  • Know the site requirements for successful tuning
  • Know the required test equipment used for commissioning a system
  • Be able to follow a list of steps for Sound Masking Tuning

“AtlasIED is committed to supporting the professional development of Information and Communications Technology Professionals and Architects alike,” says Steve Brooks, AtlasIED ESS Design Engineer/Sound Masking Training. “These courses address very relevant topics in today’s corporate environment and allow both integrators and architects to get a leg up in the corporate design arena by adding sound masking and sound masking tuning to their skill sets.”

To learn more about these courses or schedule a training course for your location, contact Steve Brooks at Steve.brooks@atlasied.com.

 

About AtlasIED

A global electronics manufacturer providing comprehensive audio solutions for commercial, corporate, educational, healthcare, retail, transportation, and government environments, AtlasIED brings together the legacy, engineering skills, and legendary service of Atlas Sound and Innovative Electronics Design. Offering industry-leading mass notification, life safety, VoIP, background music, paging, and sound-masking systems, AtlasIED delivers product lines that span wide and deep, with more than 2,000 innovative audio solutions for businesses of every size. Combined, Atlas Sound and IED products have been installed in more than one million businesses over the past 80+ years.

With nine locations and a network of manufacturer representatives and distributors around the world to provide superior support to dealers and customers, AtlasIED’s customer service is an industry benchmark that competitors strive to match. AtlasIED is family-owned, with manufacturing operations in the United States that hold an ISO9001:2008 Quality Standards Certification to ensure consistently high-quality products, service, and support.

Learn more at www.atlasied.com. Follow AtlasIED on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

 

AtlasIED Media Contacts

Gina M. Sansivero, AtlasIED, (516) 901-8542, gina.sansivero@atlasied.com 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

D-Tools Collaborates with ADI to Offer Fully Integrated Real-time Product and Pricing Information to Streamline Proposal Generation for the AV Industry

D-Tools Collaborates with ADI to Offer Fully Integrated Real-time Product and Pricing Information to Streamline Proposal Generation for the AV Industry

D-Tools’ new integration with ADI’s backend product catalog and pricing engine delivers instantaneous, accurate, and real-time product information including dealer-specific pricing to simplify and expedite the proposal and procurement process

CONCORD, CA – (September 10, 2019) – D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, today announced that ADI Global Distribution (ADI), a Resideo company and industry-leading distributor of security, AV, and other low-voltage products,  will provide real-time dealer pricing from the D-Tools Cloud environment.

Building on 20 years’ experience in providing tools and resources that help integrators be more efficient and effective, D-Tools Cloud is an easy-to-deploy web-based SaaS application that intelligently guides users through managing sales prospects, quoting, system design, and procurement. The integration of ADI’s vast online product catalog and pricing into D-Tools Cloud allows integrators to deliver quick and accurate quotes to clients. Additionally, D-Tools Cloud users can generate multimedia proposals that enable a level of unprecedented client engagement.

The integration with D-Tools and ADI provides the following valuable benefits to ADI’s customers:

  • Instantaneously and significantly expands the quantity of products with dealer cost available to D-Tools Cloud users
  • Direct connection to ADI for access to real-time, dealer-specific pricing through the D-Tools Cloud library
  • A friction-free and highly efficient sales process – real-time proposal generation, e-sign capabilities, mobile payment processing

ADI dealers interested in learning how to streamline workflows, improve communications, and increase sales can register for a free trial of D-Tools Cloud by visiting www.d-tools.com/cloud.

 

About ADI Global Distribution (ADI)
As the industry’s leading distributor of security, AV, and low-voltage products, ADI provides the service, solutions, and support needed to help your business grow. ADI represents hundreds of top industry manufacturers and offers thousands of items in stock every day on its website, mobile app, and in more than 100 North American branch locations. ADI’s superior product offering, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and extensive training opportunities can be relied upon to help expand your business. ADI’s value-added services, such as Systems Design, Project Registration, PAT (Pick up Anytime) Rooms, IP Programming, and 1-Hour Pickup, combined with the brands you want, at the prices you need, will help you deliver your projects. For more than 25 years, ADI has been an indispensable business partner by remaining committed to its customers and supplier partners and continuing the tradition of building and maintaining long-lasting relationships. ADI’s complete line of solutions includes Video Surveillance, Residential & Pro AV, Communications, Enterprise Connectivity, Fire, Intrusion, Access Control, Central Vacuum, Smart Home, Networking, Power, Structured Wiring, Tools & Hardware, and Wire & Cable.

 

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, Inc. is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate business software that caters to the unique and diverse needs of systems design and installation firms. The company’s on-premises software, System Integrator™ (SI), and new cloud-based platform, D-Tools Cloud, are robust solutions that help manage all aspects of an integrator’s business, including sales, comprehensive system design, project documentation, procurement, and project management. Today, more than 6,000 companies in over 80 countries use D-Tools’ award-winning software to streamline business processes, leading to improved operational efficiencies and increased profitability. 

 

Find product updates and related information by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

 

Media Contacts

Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

Laura Asendio, Resideo/ADI, Laura.Asendio@resideo.com 

AtlasIED and MiTek Help Residential Integrators Expand into Commercial Markets by Showcasing Innovative Audio Solutions During CEDIA Expo 2019

AtlasIED and MiTek Help Residential Integrators Expand into Commercial Markets by Showcasing Innovative Audio Solutions During CEDIA Expo 2019

New high-end audio solutions from AtlasIED deliver premium audio quality, superior sound control, and appealing aesthetics, making it easy for residential integrators to break into commercial markets.

PHOENIX, AZ and DENVER, CO (Sept. 6, 2019) – MiTek, parent company of AtlasIED, announced today it will showcase for CEDIA Expo 2019 attendees a selection of AtlasIED’s audio solutions and systems that are well-suited for residential integrators who work in or want to expand into commercial settings. The powerful AtlasIED (and MiTek) lineup on display emphasizes aesthetics, functionality, and exceptional audio fidelity—important attributes in both residential and commercial environments. Installation ease is a hallmark of the entire product portfolio highlighted, offering residential integrators a solid base to reach markets including corporate, retail, healthcare, educational, and hospitality.

“We understand the needs of the commercial integrator, and through our presence at CEDIA Expo, hope to enlighten and inspire residential integrators to explore new avenues of business,” says AtlasIED President and CEO John Ivey. “We offer a full range of products that are uniquely designed to straddle both residential and commercial applications, and help integrators who currently focus on residential projects transition easily and seamlessly into the world of commercial AV installation.”  

Z Series All-in-One Sound Masking Solutions

Sound masking systems may be intended for use in healthcare facilities and clinics and office spaces, but they employ many of the same types of products and technologies utilized by sound systems in homes. Sound masking systems are crucial to the overall acoustics of a commercial environment, just as a residential sound system is able to create the proper acoustics for a home theater setting. 

Helping AV integrators apply their knowledge of audio to the needs of commercial environments is the AtlasIED Z Series. This all-in-one sound masking solution consists of either a four-zone (Z4) or two-zone (Z2) high-definition acoustical system. With integrated pink and white noise generators for sound masking, plus a mic-line input for paging/background music and a Bluetooth receiver for wireless music transmission, the Z Series provides high-quality speech privacy, high-definition background music, and paging functionality. 

The Z Series models are easy to install, with a slim, clean design that is aesthetically pleasing in virtually any application. Models can be mounted in-wall, on-wall, or in a rack. Once installed, all hardware and wiring are centrally located behind the secure front panel, making it convenient and easy to access for post-installation service. The front panel display allows for system programming as well as end-user control. As an accessory, the wireless privacy enhancement button compliments this ease-of-control for users.

EZSYS Packages Bundle Everything Together for Complete Sound Masking and Music and Paging Solutions

Every residential AV integrator knows that the best audio systems require products that are able to be integrated easily together. The same is true of sound masking and music and paging solutions for offices, healthcare facilities, and other commercial environment. To make it easy to sell and install sound masking and business music and paging systems, AltasIED has packaged the necessary parts together into single cartons. Everything an integrator needs—proper amplification, system control, and speakers are included. The only components that need to be added are audio sources and cables. As a bonus, the box illustrates how to connect everything, including cable and tool requirements. 

Specific packages include:

The EZSYS-PRIVACY-A is a complete sound masking solution designed to reduce ambient speech and thereby improve speech privacy. Maintaining privacy of speech is particularly beneficial to open-plan offices, doctors’ examination rooms, and other environments where confidentiality is crucial. The package includes an amplified sound masking generator and industry-best sound masking speakers. 

The EZSYS-BGM-S includes everything an integrator needs to outfit a business with a complete music and paging system. Components in the package include amplification, system control, and speakers, plus thorough installation instructions. This system is designed to be surface mounted. 

The EZSYS-BGM-CPHD is a business music and paging system in a box and features a patented self-diagnostic technology called “Push Here Diagnostics.” It includes the same components of the surface-mounted EZSYS BGM system, but it meant to be installed within ceiling tiles

The EZSYS-BGM-C business and music paging system is intended for ceiling tile applications and includes everything found in the EZSYS-BGM-CPHD except for the Push Here Diagnostics feature. 

Strategically Hidden Speaker (SHS) Combines Subtle Form and Optimal Function

Concealing speakers to preserve the aesthetics of a home is a standard practice of AV integrators. It’s a method that’s also commonplace in retail and hospitality venues, as well as corporate boardrooms, museums, and architecturally interesting environments. 

The Strategically Hidden Speaker from AtlasIED is a step forward in loudspeaker design for residential and commercial clients, as it virtually disappears into the ceiling. 

The concealed design of the SHS is achieved by Adaptive Dispersion Lens Technology, a new, patented waveguide form. Only a 3-inch diameter lens and a micro trim ring are visible on the ceiling. The dispersion lens can be easily painted allowing the SHS to blend in without compromising the architectural aesthetic of the room. Easy to specify and install, the SHS Series speakers include three dispersive lens configurations for enhanced flexibility and functionality in any room, regardless of ceiling height. 

For design sensitive environments, AtlasIED’s DesignLab™ custom print process uses an incredibly accurate UV-printer to replicate colors, textures, and patterns, enabling the SHS to blend into any environment. Simply upload an image, provide a numeric color specification, or send a 6-inch sample of the ceiling tile to be matched, and the experts at AtlasIED will do the rest, delivering perfectly matched SHS lenses for any project.  

“Years in development, the SHS Series delivers highly intelligible audio with optimal bass response and ultra-wide, 180-degree dispersion,” explains Ivey. “Offering full coverage in any environment, the SHS is a first of its kind speaker that puts the needs of the architectural and design community first, while delivering the audio quality today’s integrators demand for their clients.” 

IPX Series IP Endpoints Make VoIP Communications for Mass Notification Systems Easy

Communications systems are important elements in homes and businesses.AltasIED offers a way to transition into K-12 educational and healthcare markets, as well as other facilities requiring quick and efficient notification through audio and visual messaging, with its third-generation IPX Series IP endpoints. 

The IPX Series is an excellent solution for expanding VoIP or SIP communications systems by integrating endpoints to offer greater coverage than traditional handset-based systems. The IPX series includes speakers and visual displays, all with the foundational features found in previous models that have been serving the market for almost 20 years, now with modern styling and an upgraded high-resolution display.

Through a Unified Communications (UC) environment or the AtlasIED GLOBALCOM.IP ecosystem, the IPX Series delivers smart automation, including pre-programmed notifications for common functions like bells and critical alerts. A comprehensive library of pre-recorded messages is available through GLOBALCOM.IP or .EDU, which can be broadcast across the facility or directed to specific zones. 

The IPX Series uses existing IT infrastructure for convenience and cost-savings and offers Auto Provisioning once it is on the network. “Talk To Me” Interoperability ensures the IPX units can work within any VoIP system, as they are open-platform engineered to communicate and be controlled by the top-selling providers of Unified Communications software platforms and standard SIP PBX systems. 

“AtlasIED IPX Series IP-based audio and video communications endpoints live on the existing network and offer unrivaled flexibility,” says Alex Puorro, VP of IP Endpoint Development. “They’re really quite exciting in terms of capability and convenience.”  

Visit AtlasIED and MiTek to Explore Opportunities in Residential & Commercial Audio

To see innovative, uncompromising audio solutions designed for a variety of residential and commercial applications, visit AtlasIED and parent company MiTek at Booth #933 on the CEDIA Expo 2019 show floor. 

 

Learn more at www.atlasied.com. Follow AtlasIED on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Vimeo, and YouTube.

 

About AtlasIED

A global electronics manufacturer providing comprehensive audio solutions for commercial business environments, AtlasIED brings together the legacy, engineering skills, and legendary service of Atlas Sound and Innovative Electronics Design. After becoming sister companies operating independently in 2009, Atlas and IED united forces in 2015 to better serve growing market segments. Offering industry-leading mass notification, life safety, VoIP, background music, and sound-masking systems, AtlasIED delivers product lines that span wide and deep, with more than 2,000 innovative audio solutions for businesses of every size.

AtlasIED has nine locations, as well as 120+ manufacturer representatives and distributors around the world to provide superior support to dealers and customers. Combined, Atlas Sound and IED products have been installed in more than one million businesses over the past 80+ years. AtlasIED is family-owned, with manufacturing operations in the United States that hold an ISO9001:2008 Quality Standards Certification to ensure consistently high-quality products, service, and support. www.atlasied.com 

 

About MiTek

MiTek is a family-owned and operated business that is able to keep a clear vision without interference from outside investors for more than 40 years. MiTek is the parent company to numerous specialized audio companies sold in over 80 countries worldwide. MiTek Corporation’s experience in designing, manufacturing, and selling high performance commercial, mobile, residential, marine, and motorsports audio has created some of the best equipment on the market.

From the simple beginnings of building speakers from a rural garage to becoming one of the nation’s largest U.S. manufacturers of audio products; MiTek Corporation has maintained its dedication to high performance products and customer satisfaction. www.mitekusa.com

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.


AtlasIED Media Contacts

Gina M. Sansivero, AtlasIED, (516) 901-8542,  gina.sansivero@atlasied.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

 

D-Tools Cloud Expands Feature Set, Adds Innovative New Capabilities – Change Orders, Intelligent Browser-based Line Connection Drawings, Visual Drag and Drop Quoting, and more

D-Tools Cloud Expands Feature Set, Adds Innovative New Capabilities – Change Orders, Intelligent Browser-based Line Connection Drawings, Visual Drag and Drop Quoting, and more

D-Tools’ award-winning, web-based platform extends its collaborative workflow experience from sales pipeline management and proposal generation to change management, system design and procurement. 

CONCORD, CA — September 9, 2019 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, today announced valuable new capabilities to its award-winning, D-Tools Cloud platform – a powerful, yet easy-to-use multi-OS, web-based SaaS solution accessible from any Mac, PC or tablet. 

Building on 20 years of experience in providing tools and resources that help integrators become more successful, D-Tools Cloud is an easy-to-deploy web-based SaaS application that intelligently guides users from sales pipeline management to quoting, system design, and procurement. D-Tools will be revealing several critical new features at CEDIA Expo:

  • Enhanced Search Experience – Faceted navigation offers maximum flexibility in product retrieval. Entering a search term for a product’s category, brand, description or model number will instantly guide users to any related information and relevant results.
  • Plan Views / Drag and Drop Quoting – Browser-based design – upload floorplans and drag items (products, packages, allowances) into place to build a quote on-the-fly. System designs can be reviewed in realtime, providing a visually-rich experience for potential clients. 
  • Line Connections Browser-based line drawings enable visualization of the system layout by showing connections between components and devices, simplifying the integrator’s explanation of a system design to clients.
  • Drawing Synchronization – Users are offered the option to draw the system first and have the bill of materials auto-generate in the process.
  • Client Mode Create quotes and review them with clients in real-time while hiding sensitive information such as product cost and margin.
  • Mobile Responsive Experience the full capabilities of D-Tools Cloud from any iOS or Android web-enabled mobile device. 
  • Enhanced Proposal Options – Preview, edit and share interactive multi-media proposals featuring videos, photos, testimonials, drawings and more from a single, user-friendly interface.
  • Change Orders – Easily make changes to accepted proposals, create multiple persistent change orders, present them to clients for approval, and track pending and approved change orders – from initial contract through project completion.
  • Integrated, real-time pricing with ADI and Savant – Direct data feeds, initially from Savant and ADI, provide access to real-time, dealer-specific product pricing from within the D-Tools Cloud environment for a fully integrated and streamlined proposal generation and purchase order creation experience.

For additional information and pricing on D-Tools Cloud, and to sign up for a free trial, visit www.d-tools.com/cloud.

CEDIA Expo 2019 attendees are encouraged to visit D-Tools in booth #1343 for a live demonstration of D-Tools Cloud.

About D-Tools, Inc. 

D-Tools, Inc. is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate business software that caters to the unique and diverse needs of systems design and installation firms. The company’s on-premises software, System Integrator™ (SI), and new cloud-based platform, D-Tools Cloud, are robust solutions that help manage all aspects of an integrator’s business, including sales, comprehensive system design, project documentation, procurement, and project management. Today, more than 6,000 companies in over 80 countries use D-Tools’ award-winning software to streamline business processes, leading to improved operational efficiencies and increased profitability. 

Find product updates and related information by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts

Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com 

All products, product names, trademarks and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

KMB Travels: Top Picks for Denver Dining and Show Floor Escapes During CEDIA 2019

KMB Travels: Top Picks for Denver Dining and Show Floor Escapes During CEDIA 2019

We’re baaacccckkkkk… CEDIA Expo has returned to one of our favorite towns, and we’re here to share some favorite spots to eat, drink and be merry. We invited Expo attendees (past and present) to give us their choice restaurants, bars and touristy things to do; we’ve sprinkled in a few of our own for good measure. As Barrie McCorkle of D-Tools puts it:  “If you like food, you will not be disappointed with this city. It’s a culinary mecca.” Refueling for the show WILL NOT be a problem.  

 

From Jason Vreeman, Director of Cinema Sales, Americas, Dolby

Hailing from Colorado Springs, Jason has a good sense of what’s hot (and what’s not) in Denver. His #1 pick for dining in downtown Denver: Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. 

With a 5-star stellar gourmet menu made from ingredients which are all locally sourced, a bar offering the highest quality cocktails and mocktails, and a retro atmosphere of 60s post Hays Code film deco and live music (or dueling DJs depending on the night), Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox is a feast for your eyes, ears and pallet. 

From Barrie McCorkle, Director of Supplier Programs, D-Tools

There is a ton of stuff to choose from as you walk the distance on the 16th Street Mall or just a block away from it. Some of my favorites here include Earl’s Kitchen and bar, Panzano, Elway’s, Tamayo, Cru, Rioja, Tupelo Honey and Jax Fish House. You will not go wrong with any of these. If you go to Earl’s or Panzano, basically everything on the menu is fantastic. If you like lamb, get the lamb lollipops from Cru. The oysters from Jax are incredible, try the creole, yum.  If you want some crazy cocktails and solid southern cuisine with a twist, Tupelo Honey is your place. If you find yourself at Elway’s, the burger is damn good, in addition to their extensive selection of killer steaks and perfectly cooked seafood.

If you want a truly magnificent culinary experience, I have four suggestions for you. First is TAG.  It’s on Larimer Street and you will walk right past it if not careful. This place is magnificent. You know when you have that one dish at a restaurant that has you dreaming about its flavor for days after. TAG has this, but with every single dish they serve. You will find yourself licking the plate at this place. Some must haves are the duck fat fries (you can order as an appetizer), the caramelized butterfish, flash seared Hamachi, and Hong Kong style steamed sea bass. Whatever you do, leave room for dessert. The Sticky Toffee Cake will make you wonder how things this delicious are even possible.

Second on my top list is Cholon. This is an Asian fusion restaurant that makes everything incredible. They also have a late-night happy hour from 9 p.m. to close. Some specialties are the Lobster Saigon crepes, 7x Wagyu Steak, and Ahi Tuna Crudo. But the one item on the menu that is a must-order is their soup dumplings. Somehow Cholon is able to create little balls of dim sum with gruyere cheese, sweet onion and soup, yes soup, inside the dumpling. It is an actual explosion of flavor in your mouth. And yes, you can get them at happy hour.

Third is a little off the beaten path—a hidden gem called Café Brazil. It’s located about 10 minutes outside of downtown on the corner of Lowell and 44th. This is not the Brazilian restaurant you are thinking of where they cut meat off of skewers. No, no, this is traditional Brazilian cuisine with a full rum bar that’s home to over 75 rums from around the world. You can even order rum flights. Once again, you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu, but there is one dish that is a must. Occasionally, they will offer rack of lamb as the special. If you are lucky enough to have this option, ORDER IT. There is none better, anywhere, period.

Last but not least is a place called The Family Jones. They distill their own liquor and make craft cocktails like you’ve never had before. If you’re unsure what to get, trust your server. The entire staff is made up of foodies who will not steer you wrong. All food here is prepared as smaller share plates, so you can sample a lot of different things and get a good variety. Some of my favorites are the Roasted Artichoke Fondue, Upside Down Pineapple Pork, Duck Leg Confit, and the 48HR Beef.

 

From Robert Keeler, Senior Director of Sales, CEDIA

Some people like to slow down with a low-key restaurant after the show floor closes; others need a venue that’s livelier. The latter is what Robert prescribes, and his go-to is Otra Vez Cantina. A relatively new establishment, the restaurant’s slogan is “A great time, every time, and then again.” Say no more. Located on the 16th Street Mall, it’s easy to get to and easy to find something delicious on the menu. Otra Vez Cantina specializes in Mexican fare with South American influences, and offers more than 200, yes 200, tequilas and mezcals, plus wide range of other cocktails. The 20-foot floor-to-ceiling bar connects to a street-side patio. A private banquet area is available for parties and meetings. 

 

From Margot Narum, KMB Friend and Foodie

When Margot is in Denver, she makes a point to visit Gaetano’s and thinks you should, too! Not to put on the pressure, but this establishment, which opened in 1947 was a favorite hangout of the several notorious members of the mob. Mob boss kingpin “Little Caesar” liked Gaetano’s and so did the Smaldone family. Today, this Denver icon retains much of that same flavor, serving up old-school, authentic Italian dishes and Gangster cocktails. Word to the wise, this is a small restaurant where food is made to order. On a tight schedule? Nope. Ready to linger and soak in the ambiance? Yes. 

 

From KMB Communications, Don’t Forget Breakfast 

A hearty breakfast is the best fuel for battling a busy show floor. Snooze specializes in classic breakfast fare in a casual atmosphere. Some of the notables on the menu: 

Breakfast Pot Pie
Snooze’s homemade rosemary sausage gravy smothers a flaky puff pastry, topped with an egg your style (we’d say sunny side up!). You’ve reached breakfast bliss, complete with hash browns.

Ham Benedict III
The classic evolved with our signature English muffin topped with shaved hickory smoked ham, perfectly poached cage free eggs and smoked cheddar hollandaise.

Blueberry Danish Pancakes
Buttermilk pancakes topped with blueberry coulis, sweet cream and almond streusel surrounding a center of lemony cream cheese filling

Abri-ca-lav-ra Mimosa
Wash it all down with a specialty breakfast cocktail of Snooze Sparkling, Abricot liqueur, fresh lavender, honey and lemon juice.

 

The Napa Valley of Craft Beer

Colorado is known as the “Napa Valley of Craft Beer” … and beer in general. The city of Denver definitely contributes to its nomenclature, boasting 6 craft breweries per 50,000 people. Craft beer aficionados John Sciacca and Mike Maniscalo offer their recommendations (as well as breweries they’re eager to try), in no particular order:

From John Sciacca, Principal, Custom Theater & Audio and KMB blogger

I can’t really remember a ton of stuff that I tried in Denver… I remember having some great stuff at Upslope, Crooked Stave is known for sours (blech!), and Odell supposedly makes a solid IPA. Falling Rock Tap House is supposed to have a great tap selection too…..and is one of the very few places outside of Napa-area where you can get Pliny the Younger.

 

From Mike Mike Maniscalco, Better Living Technologies

My faves include Falling Rock Taphouse, Epic, Great Divide and Crooked Stave. I’m looking forward to trying Purpose. 

 

 

Show Floor Escapes

If you have three hours to spare, HA!! Maybe after the show ends, though, you can partake in a tour that takes you to craft brew hot spots in the Lower Downtown (LoDo) District of Denver. During the four stops, you’ll go behind the scenes to experience the brewing process, drink in a brewery founded by the governor, and have the opportunity to pose plenty of questions to the tour guides. Tour stops include Jagged Mountain, The Wynkoop, Falling Rock, and Rock Bottom.

Projection mapping is an up-and-coming application in the home systems biz. See it up close at one of Denver’s hottest new attractions: Beyond. This projection-mapped laser light show is held at the International Church of Cannabis and features guided meditation, an audio visual art installation, and a musical laser light experience. 

 

Fresh air and flora are good for a trade show reset and refresh. Spanning more than 24 acres, the Denver Botanic Gardens provides plenty of this, featuring a wide range of gardens and collections. 

 

We hope you try (and love) some of our recommendations. Tell us what you thought of them in the comment section below. See you in Denver!