The Crystal Rose was started over 25 years ago with our first facility on Lookout Mountain. Our family had just lost everything, including our home. We had virtually no money to invest in the start up year. Our first facility was so rundown and dirty, and with no operating capital, we could only pray that our new venture would get off the ground.
We finally had a few events hosted at our Lookout Mountain venue, with us only offering the rental of the facility. One day a bride called and I could tell she was very upset and crying. I asked her what was the matter and she told me the dire situation she was in. A hotel where she planned to hold her wedding reception in a few weeks had just bumped her for a larger client. I invited her to the Crystal Rose and I reassured her that she could stop crying because I would help. She began by telling me she would have her wedding reception with us if we could provide the food, disc jockey, tables, chairs, linens, china, and other small details. I said no problem, and don't worry, we can handle it all!
This major commitment has now become a long standing joke with our family and close knit group of employees. How could I promise so much when I knew so little about pulling off a great wedding reception? I wondered what I had done.
I was not a caterer or a disc jockey, and I only had a few weeks to pull this all together. I started by calling Sysco, a local food distributor. The salesperson I spoke with said not to worry, because he was a chef and, if I purchased the food from him, he would help handle the catering side until I got my feet on the ground.
The day of the wedding reception, we served everything on paper plates, plastic silverware, paper table cloths, and had a boom box for a sound system. The bride loved it and at the end of the day she came up to me and kissed me on the cheek and said an emotional thank you! When everyone had left for the evening, I made the decision to offer an all-inclusive package to all brides and grooms in the future.
We acquired china, linens, a great sound system, and began to offer a complete package for weddings and receptions. We'd successfully pulled off one paper plate wedding, but our vision was to provide weddings and events second to none, at a price fair for all.
We were the only wedding company in Colorado without add-on fees at the time and continue to offer Colorado's most all-inclusive wedding packages. Immediately, the business began to grow; families liked the idea of fair, understandable and reasonable pricing.
In 1990, we acquired the Robin's Nest on Lookout Mountain and began our second facility. The Robin's Nest is a more intimate facility, featuring a patio garden, and overlooking a mountain lake. This venue is nestled in a gorgeous forest setting and offers amazing views of Denver's skyline and city lights.
Set among tall pine trees, The Robin's Nest offers the beauty of a mountain wedding only about twenty minutes from Denver.
In 1991, we acquired our third wedding and event facility in the Denver Metro area. This addition to the Crystal Rose family was located in Denver on East Hampden Avenue, across from the Kennedy Golf Course.
The East Hampden location meant that the Crystal Rose now offered locations on both the east and west side of Denver. Additionally, the Denver location has a unique character, with an antique bar accented with stained glass, and an elegant spiral staircase. It's like a Southern Mansion, and offered a different Ambiance than either of the Lookout Mountain venues.
The Crystal Rose then started a new division for theme parties. Some of the themes offered to clients are: Mardi Gras, Country & Western night, Murder Mystery dinners, and the increasingly popular Las Vegas style Casino Nights. This division continues to grow and is a major part of our business.
Our party planners and expert chefs have always prided themselves on inventive decorations, themes and cuisines for parties and events. It's fun to be part of this creative process and see guests having a great time.
In 1994, the Crystal Rose acquired a fourth facility at the Southwest Plaza Shopping Center in Littleton, Colorado. Seven years later, the Crystal Rose was bought out of its lease by the Shopping Center. The reason we were bought out of our lease was to bulldoze the building for more parking spaces as a new Super Target store was being built on the property.
In 2004, the Crystal Rose acquired its' fifth facility just north of Highlands Ranch. This facility is the largest of our locations and features a spacious kitchen and warehouse. This location is our central kitchen for catering and warehouse that stores our extensive casino and themed equipment.
The Highlands Ranch Crystal Rose also offers a unique blend of urban convenience and a natural setting. Located in a very quiet area, just above the Highline Canal trail, the Highlands Ranch Venue offers mountain views and undeveloped land to the west, but has easy access from C-470.
The Colorado Springs Venue is the Crystal Rose's first (of what we hope will be many!) facility outside of the Denver Metro Area. It's great to see it off to a good start!
The Crystal Rose has grown from the early days of the simple hall rental at one location, to a variety of services offered at any facility in the Rocky Mountain region. Some of the many types of events the Crystal Rose accommodates are: weddings and receptions, anniversaries, birthday parties, class reunions, retirement parties, trade shows, fundraisers, wine tasting events, sports banquets, corporate parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, business seminars, employee recognition dinners, proms, casino nights, picnics, celebration of life banquets, and more! Since the Crystal Rose opened its' doors in 1987, we have hosted over 15,000 weddings, receptions, and parties. We have catered to over 2,000,000 people.
The Crystal Rose has accumulated many awards during their 25 years in business. The Rocky Mountain News "Top of the Rockies," Wedding Wire "Best of the Best," KMGH Channel 7's "A-list, and many others.
The Crystal Rose understands, however, that it's not the recognition of media that's most important. It's the satisfaction of individual customers. The very best award is always the appreciation of satisfied client. We are very proud of the many thank you notes we've received over the years - and glad to have made a positive difference in these people's lives.
The management team of the Crystal Rose is very aggressive and hard working people who offer the highest in quality and customer service to our customers. Most of our long term managers, chefs, and sales people have been with the Crystal Rose a minimum of ten years, others as long as eighteen years. From the humble beginnings of just a few employees, the Crystal Rose has grown to well over 300 employees. The future of the Crystal Rose is to expand and grow to be the largest and very best catering and theme party company in the state of Colorado, and ultimately, our intent is to expand and franchise all over America.
The Crystal Rose has won every major award for weddings. We were the Bride's Choice for Wedding Wire. The top 5% in America for Wedding and Receptions. We are the only preferred vendor in Colorado at ForBrides.com. We have just won the Channel 7 A-list Award: Best Place to have a Wedding, Reception or Private Event in Colorado.
To everyone event participant at The Crystal Rose over the past 25 years, we would like to say:
Thank You Very Much!