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 October 8, 1999

Calendar girls with guns leads to lawsuit

Maybe guns and modeling aren’t really a good mix. The Eye has learned that Longmont gun shop owner Bob Glass is suing a man in the Boulder County Court for breach of contract.

Glass, president of Paladin Arms Inc., was an outspoken proponent of women taking up arms in light of a rape in December 1998 at Tantra Lake apartments in South Boulder. Two other women also were attacked at the apartments in October 1997 and June 1998. Boulder police are still looking for the man who, one victim said, broke a dead-bolt lock on her door and raped her.

If everything would have gone according to plan, Glass might have had 500 calendars featuring female models displaying firearms, according to a civil lawsuit filed Aug. 26.

Glass contends in the suit that he and Greg Perrone, who does business as Double Eagle, entered into the agreement in May 1998. The agreement also stipulated that two of the calendar girls would appear at four gun shows to help Glass market his wares.

But Glass says Perrone took the money — $1,400, according to the suit — and ran. Glass says he never got the models or the calendars. Perrone had yet to respond to the suit as The Business Report went to press.

The Eye appreciates the sentiments of Congressman Mark Udall, who said he was troubled by the lack of focus on the northwest side of the metro area during the Colorado Congressional Transportation Summit, which assembled a group of leaders to discuss funding prospects for the state’s highway and transit needs in September at the Capitol. The state should not attempt “to pave (its) way out of growth,” he added.

“I don’t think you can measure the need for something just in terms of dollars and cents,´ said Republican Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, also defending mass transit subsidization. He noted some folks would rather sip coffee while reading the newspaper on light rail than fight traffic in a single-occupancy vehicles. The Eye, an avid newspaper reader, thinks it makes perfect sense.

The Eye knows well that few businesses even get the chance to celebrate a 50th anniversary. But partners Court Dixon, Edward Kapson and Do Phan not only plan to celebrate Kinsley & Co.’s 50 years as a men’s and women’s clothing retailer on The Hill in Boulder with an invitation-only, black-tie shindig to customers and friends, they’ve also figured out a way to use the anniversary to give back to the community.

Kinsley & Co., first opened by Wynn Kinsley in 1949 as a way to help pay his way through CU, will donate a percentage of its proceeds from all sales starting Wednesday, Oct. 13 through Saturday, Oct. 16 to Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Arts.

Kinsley died at age 76 in 1996, giving partner Dixon the opportunity to buy the store with Kapson and custom tailor Phan. Since then, the new owners have expanded their lines of women’s clothing and took additional space next door to grow their Orvis outfitting and guiding shop. As a result, their mailing list of some 1,000 customers keeps growing as well as the lineup of events each month featuring new designers. A custom leather show, for example, is scheduled Oct. 16 for both men and women.

Peter and Mindy Makuta of Boulder have purchased the Stone Mountain Lodge in Lyons, formerly the Stone Mountain Lodge and RV Park. The lodge offers newly available refurbished cabins and motel rooms, and RV and tent sites in the summer.

The 45-acre property is a scenic country location next to the St. Vrain River about two miles outside of Lyons. While the Makuta=s own rental property in Boulder, this is their first lodge property. They’re especially marketing new extended-stay cabins to corporate visitors looking for an alternative to a hotel.

The lodge is remodeled to include 15 motel rooms at $60 and up per night, six cabins at $90 and up a night, 10 RV spots at $20 a night and 15 tents spots at $15 a night. Weekly and monthly extended stay rates are also available.

The lodge is located at 18055 North St. Vrain Drive in Lyons. For information, call the Stone Mountain Lodge at (303) 823-6091.

Law firm Brobech, Phleger & Harrsion, the principal outside counsel for Cisco and E*TRADE with 500 attorneys around the country, says it couldn’t be happier with its decision to open new offices in Interlocken business park and that the pace of interest and work from high-tech clients is far exceeding the company’s expectations. From an office with three attorneys, the Colorado office is growing fast and soon will have nine lawyers with plans to add more.

At a grand opening in September, complete with wine tastings by Virtual Vineyards of Napa Valley and artful cuisine by Chef Kevin Taylor, Brobeck partner Richard Plumridge introduced financial officers from Denver-based High Speed Access and Rhythms NetConnections to tout the law firm’s work in their recent IPOs. Despite a few good-natured jokes about lawyer’s bills, all had kind words to say about their experiences. And why not. The high-flying IPOs, both topping the $200 million mark, created a bunch of new millionaires.

The Eye says $45,000 is nothing to wink at. That’s now the prize money total – one of the highest in the nation – for CU-Boulder’s entrepreneurship Business Plan competition next fall. Only MIT’s Business College offers more. Harvard’s business plan competition offers up just a measly 20 grand. Event sponsor Bank One donated $15,000, the Integer Group, a Colorado marketing firm, pledged $10,000 and Cornerstone Equities, a Colorado venture fund, tossed in $20,000 to create the Cornerstone Seed Capital Award. For topping on the cake, Cornerstone committed to invest a minimum of $25,000 and up to $250,000 as start-up capital to the winning team’s venture. Center for Entrepreneurship Director Denis Nock says the big bucks should stimulate students to “move their dreams to fruition.”

The Eye intercepted this e-mail missive promoting “valuable psychic strength that now takes Wall Street by storm” from what will remain an unnamed Web-based stock market prognosticator. The short promo ended with “Reagan did it, Napoleon did it, and so can you … ” Reagan and Napoleon? Is that in the new biography somewhere?

Maybe guns and modeling aren’t really a good mix. The Eye has learned that Longmont gun shop owner Bob Glass is suing a man in the Boulder County Court for breach of contract.

Glass, president of Paladin Arms Inc., was an outspoken proponent of women taking up arms in light of a rape in December 1998 at Tantra Lake apartments in South Boulder. Two other women also were attacked at the apartments in October 1997 and June 1998. Boulder police are still looking for the man who, one victim said, broke a dead-bolt lock on her door and raped her.

If everything…

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