Antiques | Business
Doris Ann Christensen’s love for the fine arts and appreciation for good craftsmanship initially began in high school, where she took music lessons, joined the choir, and enrolled in shop classes, and has only grown over the years. Her early creations include beautiful designs on leather belts and wallets and salt shakers made out of plastic. She proceeded to attend Eastern Arizona College, and when her teacher was promoted to dean of admissions, she became his secretary. Upon marrying her husband, Ms. Christensen moved to Washington and continued her secretarial duties for more than three decades. Although she and her husband both worked full time, they spent their free time selling antiques and participating in collectible shows. This eventually led her to open All That & Everything, an antiques business. She remains there to this day.
Over the years, Ms. Christensen has shared her passion through a variety of publications. She authored “Let’s Laugh” in 2008, “Road to Rhyme in the United States” in 2006, and “Violin Bottles, Banjos, Guitars and Other Novelty Glass,” in 1995, as well as “Violin Bottles,” and “Car Faces.” She has also edited the newsletter for the Violin Bottle Collector’s Association in both the U.S. and Canada.
A craft beer enthusiast with passion for living life to the fullest, Karen Hertz was thrilled when Holidaily Brewing Company first opened its doors in 2015. The business was the culmination of years of hard work and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, and fulfilled a dream she had long held. The idea for the brewery initially came after Ms. Hertz beat cancer (twice) and was required to go on a gluten-free diet. She was frustrated by the lack of quality gluten-free beer options and, after a lot of research, decided to create her own.
Now, the Holidaily Brewing Company is one of only five breweries in the country to produce only gluten-free beer, is the only one owned by a woman, and is the only one in Colorado. Not a single gluten-containing ingredient is allowed in their facility, meaning there is never a chance of cross-contamination and that it is 100 percent safe for everyone, whether gluten allergic or intolerant or just passionate about delicious beer. In her role as the owner and chief brewista, Ms. Hertz is really focused on distribution; her main goal is help people who weren’t previously able to drink, and she finds that being able to help others enjoy life is very rewarding. She knows firsthand how hard it can be to be the only one not able to have a beer at a tailgate or a party, and is proud to be making a difference in that niche. Another responsibility Ms. Hertz has is coming up with innovative beer styles, so that her customers have a wide variety of options. Looking to the future, she intends to let the company grow as big as it can.