Hudson glad he gave up his day job

Column by Penny Parker

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And to think I remember Andrew Hudson when he was a mere press secretary for Mayor Wellington Webb. Now the once-fledgling spokesmodel is all grown up and recently celebrated his rise to major mogul-dom with what started as a hobby.

Last week, Hudson marked the fifth anniversary of AH Jobs List, the go-to online source for job seekers and job givers. Little did he know that, in 2008, the country's economy was on the precipice of collapse and his business model would be invaluable to displaced workers struggling to recover from lost jobs.

So five years ago, Hudson took what began as a hobby producing a single-page Xeroxed list and elevated it to the go-to jobs site with more than 25 million page views (www.ahjobslist.com).

“I had planned on giving the new site three months before making decisions about my future, but the response to the new site was so immediate and overwhelming, I quit my job in less than a week and haven't looked back since,” Hudson said.

“It is truly a joy and a privilege to connect job seekers with this list of positions each week. Daily, I am humbled to hear from job seekers and employers who share stories about job seeking success.”

Beerathon hops into Denver

From the City That Never Sleeps to the Mile High City comes the first Denver Beerathon, a sudsy festival that originated in the Big Apple for people who love beer.

This is the premiere event for those whose enthusiasm for marathons extends to beer runs. The Denver Beerathon will be held Sept. 14 and takes participants on an all-day tasting journey through 26 bars (yikes!) located throughout Denver's downtown and Highland neighborhood.

And the Beerathon is quaffing for a cause. A portion of proceeds will go to Excelsior Youth Center. Drinking craft beer has never felt this good.

Tickets are $55 per person or $70 for VIP, which includes early check-in and a VIP-only party at Fado Irish Pub with prizes and giveaways. For tickets, go to www.denverbeerathon.com.

More than one kind of draft

The Tavern group of neighborhood restaurants is running a fantasy football draft party through Sept. 5.

For $100 per party, draft parties at each neighborhood Tavern will receive unlimited draft beer for a two-hour period for up to 12 people. The promotion is not valid after 4 p.m. Fridays and reservations must be made in advance. Free high-speed wi-fi is available at all locations, including Littleton, the Denver Tech Center, Lowry and, for Denver Broncos fans, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

“We always love it when people choose one of our neighborhood locations as their football headquarters,” said Tavern owner Frank Schultz.

For Fantasy Football Draft Party reservations, call 303-226-1555. For location and other information, go to www.tavernhg.com.

State lands two on top towns list

Two Colorado towns, Carbondale and Fort Collins, were mentioned in a list of Outside magazine's 18 best towns to live in.

Carbondale, 30 miles north of ski mecca Aspen, was named to list because of its “killer farmers markets on Wednesdays, its quick access to adventure” and plenty of trails for hiking and mountain biking. Outside, an active-lifestyle and adventure-travel magazine, touted the 44-mile paved Rio Grande Trail that runs from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, with a spur up the Crystal River, and also noted the easy access to world-class biking, fly-fishing, rock-climbing, kayaking and running at Carbondale's doorstep. Read more about Carbondale at www.outsideonline.com/adventure-travel/north-america/united-states/Best-Towns-2013-Carbondale-Colorado.html

As for Fort Collins, the magazine wrote how the beer culture helped support the biking community, particularly mentioning New Belgium Brewing Co. Fort Collins earned its spot on the list also because of closeness to backcountry terrain (like 10,276-foot Cameron Pass) and prime location on the brown-trout-filled Cache La Poudre River. Read more about Fort Collins at www.outsideonline.com/adventure-travel/north-america/united-states/Editors-Choice-Fort-Collins-Colorado.html.

Mid-century modern celebration

As a “mid-century modern” woman, I love the idea of celebrating this Wheat Ridge event — Mid Century and Modern Home Tour on Sept. 7. The tour, which will start at the furniture and design store modmood/RETRO Consignment at 7700 W. 44th Ave, will visit six Wheat Ridge homes all in the same vicinity from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 7.

The tour, which benefits Wheat Ridge 2020, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is designed to raise awareness about the city's architectural heritage and roots.

Tickets are available for $15 at www.wheatridge2020.org or at modmood/RETRO Consignment and include admission to an after-party. A tour map will be included on each ticket. Transportation is not provided, so attendees should plan accordingly. Tickets, if available, will be $20 the day of the event.

The first tour in 2011 attracted more than 300 people. Event organizers are capping ticket sales at 400 and expecting a sellout, so you may want to buy those tickets now.

For more information about the Mid Century and Modern Home Tour in Wheat Ridge, contact Mara Owen at 720-259-1030 or mowen@wheatridge2020.org.

Overheard

Eavesdropping on a customer who just had his back waxed at GQ Barber Lounge:

“I can really feel that numbing stuff you put on my back. … Well, I can't feel it, but I know it's numb.”

Penny Parker's “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.pennyparker.blacktie-colorado.com. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.

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