May Newsletter 2021
Each year on the final Monday of May, we celebrate those that have given their lives for our country.
Did you know that Memorial Day used to be called Decoration Day?
It was originally meant to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers that died during the American Civil War. By the 1900’s it became a day to celebrate all Americans that have died in service around the world. It was renamed in 1967 and became a federal holiday in 1971.
This year it falls on Monday the 31st, and of course, Denver Concierge will be closed.
Meanwhile, a few facts that you may not know about Memorial Day:
1. Congress passed a law in 2000 that requires all Americans to stop what they are doing at 3 PM on Memorial Day to remember and honor those who have died in action.
2. The flag is supposed to be flown at half-mast until noon, then raised to full mast until sunset on Memorial Day.
3. There were more American lives lost during the Civil War than the two World Wars combined. Approximately 620,000 died during the Civil War while approximately 116,516 died in World War I and approximately 405,399 died in World War II.
4. There are more than 400,000 fallen soldiers buried at Arlington Cemetery. On average, there are 25 burials there each day.
We take this time to honor the fallen and show our gratitude for the freedoms we have in our great country.
We hope you get to enjoy the three-day weekend with friends and family, and with as few masks as possible!!!
Crime in Denver
Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule?
Basically, it states that most of the outcomes tend to result from a small portion of the causes.
When it comes to crime in Denver, it certainly applies.
In fact, 40% of Denver’s violent crimes happened in only 10 of our neighborhoods.
Sadly, 2020 was one of the most violent ever. Our murder rate spiked by 29% along with property crimes spiking even further, and 2021 is shaping up to be a similar year.
The most shocking number to us was Denver experiences about 8 violent crimes per day.
Montbello, Five Points, Central Business District, Capitol Hill, Westwood, East Colfax, Green Valley Ranch, Union Station, Central Park, and North Capitol Hill have the highest amounts of aggravated assaults and murders so far this year.
Click here for a complete map, along with the DPD plans to combat this ugly spike in violence in our fine city.
Denver’s New Area Code
Hey, all you cool kids with 303 or 720 area codes…..hang on to them!
Denver is out of space with those area codes and will be rolling out area code 983 early next year.
Did you know that the 303 area code was implemented in 1947? How about 720? It came about in 1998.
From the article on 9 News, “Colorado PUC said the current 303/720 area codes are projected to run out of available phone numbers by the fourth quarter of 2022. The new 983 code will not be assigned until the current numbers are exhausted, said PUC.”
The new area code is projected to last approximately 25 years, but with all the people moving to Colorado, that may be optimistic.
As always, you can contact us at 303-975-2808 for the best clean around. We are old school here and proud of it!
What is Working from Home Worth?
How does $30,000 sound?
Well for some, that just isn’t enough to go back to the office.
In fact, in a blind survey of 3,000 employees of 45 companies, 64% chose the work from home option instead of the $30k.
Only two companies saw over 50% of its people choose the $30k, JP Morgan and Qualcomm.
From the article, “About 64% of Amazon workers who answered the question preferred permanent work from home, as well as 62% of Microsoft employees and 67% of Google employees. Apple employees would rather take permanent work from home over $30,000 more at 69%, and Salesforce employees at 76%.”
Interesting data for sure, although Blind did another survey about productivity and 48% of the respondents said that working from home has led to a decrease in productivity.
Summer Food and Drink Festivals
I am sure we have mentioned how happy we are to see this pandemic winding down.
As it does, we are keeping our eye out for fun things to get back out and do in Colorado.
In that spirit, we wanted to share some fun food and drink festivals for this summer, courtesy of 5280 Magazine.
For you beer lovers, there is the Vail Craft Beer Classic, from June 25-26.
Prefer wine? Lots of fun ones this summer, including the Telluride Wine Festival, Vail Wine Classic, and the Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival.
The big one is the Aspen Food and Wine Classic in September, but it is already sold out.
For those of you that prefer to stay close to home, Denver.Org published a good list of local events coming up this year as well and it can be found here.
So glad that we can get back out to do the things we love, especially eating and drinking!!!
Monthly Award Winners
Our monthly award winners for April were Maria Zapata, Josefina Quinonez, Aurora Dominguez, Yesica Censo, and Vanessa Perez.
In the Team Leader ranks, it was Rosa Chavez and Isela Mendoza.
We are so proud of our winners, and of all the folks that are in and out of your homes each week.
We continue to be grateful to you for allowing us into your lives during these challenging times.
Please join me in congratulating our best performers for the month of April.
Queen Bee Corner
The most frequently asked question I get from the clients is what time will the team arrive?
Years ago, before we offered partial cleans, all rooms were included whether they were used or not. Back then, we were able to put a very specific clean time to a house.
However, as we gradually acquired larger and larger homes it seemed a bit unfair to clean guest quarters that only saw guests once a year, or children’s rooms of empty nesters.
To be more client-friendly, we changed from full cleans to client-specific instructions. This makes it difficult to project arrival times, and I thank you for bearing with us on this issue.
We do also have a work order that goes out with the team along with instructions that do not change from clean to clean, such as those pertaining to access or pets. Immediate instructions can always be given to me when I text the clean confirmation the day before.
As always thank you for being our clients and for all the compliments you consistently send.