KD Kanopy Teams Up With Kids Mobility Network


Courtesy: Kids Mobility Network

Raising a child with disabilities is a challenge, but often the hardest thing for parents is to come up with the money for expensive medical equipment. Items like wheel chairs and walkers can cost thousands of dollars, with insurance only covering a small fraction. But these are also things that kids outgrow, which motivated parents Christy and Pete Kopp to launch Kids Mobility Network in 2005, a local organization that recycles durable medical equipment. Today they have helped over 1,000 families and counting, enabling greater safety, mobility and independence for their children with disabilities.

Learn more about the golf tournament we are hosting to benefit Kids With Mobility Network 

We sat down to learn more about Kids Mobility Network and how the organization has relied on community support to grow.

Courtesy: Kids Mobility Network

Courtesy: Kids Mobility Network

Q:  How did the idea for KMN come to be?

Christy and Pete Kopp wanted to donate their daughter’s walker and found that there was no organization recycling children’s durable medical equipment. After some research, Kids Mobility was launched to help children with disabilities get the equipment that they need to live healthy, active lives. Children outgrow their equipment and then it sits idle. We knew that if there was a “network” of families helping each other that we could put these pieces back to work.

Q: What has been one of the most memorable moments in your your business?

Well there have been so many. We have seen children take their first steps in our office, ride a bike for a first time and sit upright without a parent’s support. We are so happy to provide supports to help children to be able to go to school, church and community activities.

Q: What is one of the biggest challenges of your business?

All of our operations are run on community donations. That is why community partners, like KD Kanopy are so important to keep our services running. We are able to serve more children with this support.

Q: Have you seen the support for KMN grow over the years?

Yes but there are always more families who need help. As we serve more families our name is getting out into the community creating more demand. Kids Mobility Network is the only organization providing this service in Colorado.

Q: What is something readers would be surprised to know about you or your business?

I think that most folks think that things like wheelchairs would be covered by insurance. This equipment is very expensive. A child’s manual wheelchair (without power) costs about $7,000. Insurance, (if a family has insurance) pays a fraction of the cost. The family must come up with the rest of the funds. This can be out of reach for many families. That is where Kids Mobility Network comes in.

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Testimonial Highlights From Craft Breweries

Who doesn’t love a great testimonial when it comes to their business? Even better when the testimonials are glowing! We are proud to showcase some recent feedback from some of our clients and breweries across the nation.

“Man this thing really pops! Not too hard to set up either, and the wheels make dragging it through beer soaked terrain and around passed out festival goers much easier!”

-Jonathan Sikes, Founders Brewing Co

“Really the most impressive thing about KDKanopys’ product are the capabilities to replicate, in perfect form, difficult art designs like ours.  One of the most important things for us at SweetWater is how our unique art and brand is portrayed in the market.  We demand that the way we look match the quality of the beer we brew.  KD Kanopy is able to assist by applying our great art to their quality products.  We expect that our brand last a long time and that includes on the products we use for visibility at festivals with our tents, bow flags, and table covers.”

-Doug Wright, Sweetwater Brewing Company

“We have been so thrilled with our KD Kanopy products. Not only are they a Colorado based company, which we love, but the quality is excellent and they are easy to set up. When we are at events with a lot of fellow brewers we know that our canopies are tops and that means a lot when you are trying to attract customers. Simply, these canopies stand out!”

-Patrick Crawford, Denver Beer Company’s

Here’s a little more on each of the breweries.

Founders Brewing Co

Craft beer lovers visiting Michigan shouldn’t miss a trip to the Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids. Known for their uniquely flavored and complex ales, Founders Brewing Co. is ranked as one of the top breweries in the world. Listen to live music and enjoy one of a dozen or more beers produced on site in their casual taproom. Two local favorites? The Oatmeal Stout and the limited edition Devil Dancer Triple IPA.

Sweetwater Brewing Company

What was Atlanta missing in 1996? West coast style beer. So three brewers who got their start in Boulder, Colorado brought some of their flavor down south and opened Sweetwater Brewing Company, the largest craft beer brewery in Atlanta. Stop by for a quick and informative tour Wednesdays through Sundays before tasting some of their top-rated brews, like SweetWater SlowRYEder IPA and Festive Ale.

Denver Beer Company

If it’s summer in Denver, the place to be is the Denver Beer Company’s Bavarian-inspired beer garden. The brewery was founded on the belief that the best pints are those shared with good company, and we can’t think of a better place to have a pint with a friend than their sunny patio. The beer also lives up to the hype, incorporating fresh ingredients into a seasonally rotating selection of small batch brews. Don’t be surprised to find quirky ingredients like lychee nuts and star fruit pops on the beer menu!

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KD Kanopy: Accessory Video & A Special Not To Be Missed!

As many of you know we recently unveiled our new website along with our You Tube channel, which is packed with great content showcasing how to set up several our tents. You can check out the full line up here.

This week we are highlighting our accessory video! When it comes to placing the finishing touches on your canopy we have suggestions to meet any need.

The Rail Curtain and Side Panel brings professionalism and finish to any tent, which can help make your canopy stand out and help drive traffic and potential leads to your business.

The Side Panel option can be easily created with hook and loop velcro. Just attach velcro to the scissor bars. Or, with the new style- just run the velcro across the bottom of the canopy top to attach, which allows for an extended length.

Rail Curtains use a telescoping pole with easy to attach clamp brackets, also ask about our fitted table covers to finish off your booth in style!

Watch it in action, here!

And don’t forget to check out our specials this week for the service bar, which is on sale for $429. It’s perfect for parties and beach events, tailgating and of course breweries and bars. The price includes a portable custom print skirt, portable umbrella, custom print top and a rolling bag!

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KD Kanopy Unveils New Website

KD Kanopy Website

KD Kanopy has unveiled more than just a new look with the debut of our new website this week. Visit our bright, updated webpage to search for the perfect canopy or tent for your event, register for our annual charity golf tournament or login to our new digital storefront for franchise owners. And, the new website makes it easier than ever to follow KD Kanopy on Twitter, Facebook, even Instagram!

Our new easy-to-navigate site showcases our classic KD Kanopy tents and canopies, as well as new additions such as the KD OptiDome. This unique dome comes in three different sizes, and is sure to make a statement at any venue. Explore canopy features and download set-up instructions and graphic templates for this and all other canopies through the redesigned site.

KD OptiDome Tent

KD OptiDome Tent

Also, check out our new digital store front for franchise clients. We now provide a dedicated site to franchise and multi-location businesses, where distributors, owners and marketing teams alike can purchase digital canopies and/or signage, track current orders and look-up those placed in the past, 24 hours a day, without having to wait to talk with an account representative. Contact us for more information on our digital storefront or to view a sample site.

While you are designing the perfect promotional item for your next event, be sure to register for our KD Cares Annual Golf Tournament. The 2014 tournament will be held at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen, Colorado on July 28th, and will benefit the Kids Mobility Network – a local Denver non-profit dedicated to providing durable medical equipment (“DME”) including wheelchairs, to children in need.

 KD Kanopy Cares For Kids Annual Golf Tournament








What is your favorite feature of our new site?

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“Caught Off Guard” at Churchill’s Public House for Off the Kilt Trivia

For our latest episode of “Caught off Guard” we headed to Churchill’s Public House in LoHi to ask some people some off the kilt trivia questions. KD Kanopies framed the block party that was jamming with bands, Irish Dancers, games and of course delicious Irish beer! You can watch it here:

Make sure to share this video for a chance to win a party shade from KD Kanopy!

**Proceeds from the event benefitted the Morgridge Academy at National Jewish Health – a free day school for 90 chronically ill students in kindergarten through eighth grades suffering from illnesses such as severe asthma, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDS among others. Here, students learn to manage their illnesses and lead healthy, productive and meaningful lives.

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KD Kanopy Party Shades

KD Kanopy Party Shades are the perfect accent to any outdoor event. As with all KD Kanopies, only two people are needed to set-up our easy-to-use tents. Party Shades are sold in 5×5, 8×8 or 10×10 sizes, and come with a five year manufacturer defect warranty on the frame, and a one year warranty on the top. Check out our video of the 5×5 Party Shade and see just how easy it is put together with only two people:

Made with Industrial strength powder-coated steel, welded steel feet and with nylon composite fittings, our frames are made to last. Watch how our molded push pin release makes setting up your 8×8 Party Shade a breeze:

The 10×10 Party Shade is offered in both a white or black powder coated frame. Each canopy shade is comprised of a 500 Denier polyester top that is UV protected, water resistant and fire retardant to CPAI 84. See how easy our largest party shade is to set up below:

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KD Kanopy St Paddy Sale and Celebration

St Paddy Day Sale

Join KD Kanopy to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 15th at LoHi’s Inagural Irish Festival. Enjoy traditional Irish dancers, bagpipes, and music after the St. Patrick’s Day parade at Churchill’s Public House, LoHi’s newest English pub. Bring an appetite for traditional Irish Stew, Beef and Cabbage, and of course, plenty of Irish beer!

Proceeds from the event benefit the Morgridge Academy at National Jewish Health  -  a free day school for 90 chronically ill students in kindergarten through eighth grades suffering from illnesses such as severe asthma, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDS among others. Here, students learn to manage their illnesses and lead healthy, productive and meaningful lives.

Look for our video crew during the festival who will be on location shooting another episode of “Caught Off Guard,” similar to the our antics during the Broncos season. Check out our last episode at Mile High Stadium here.

In honor of the green holiday, KD Kanopy is offering a St. Paddy Sale on 10’x10’ Powder-Coated Steel Frame canopies for only $400. Order by 3PM MST on 3/10/14 to receive this amazing deal!

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KD Kanopy Attends IFA Franchise Tradeshow

KD Kanopy Franchise Show

KD Kanopy at IFA

This week, KD Kanopy was among 300 companies showcasing products and services dedicated to the franchise industry at the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA.  The IFA is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide.

Dedicated to providing franchises customized service, KD Kanopy offers any franchise, with over ten stores, competitive pricing and a corporate-approved digital storefront. The customized digital storefront offers the full range of canopy and banner products with approved graphics for immediate purchase. The storefront is absolutely no cost to customers and access is for invited franchise owners only.

Over the years, we are proud to have worked with a number of well-known national franchises including:

Jack in the Box

Dunkin Donuts

Papa Murphy’s

Red Robin

Which Wich

Buffalo Wild Wings

CiCi’s Pizza

Baskin Robbins

Contact our knowledgeable sales staff to obtain pricing and more information on our custom digital storefront for your franchise.

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KD Kanopy Cares

There is nothing more rewarding than seeing our canopies and tents help to spread the word about some of our favorite non-profits. It is our honor to work with great organizations such as Feed Our Children NOW, 4 Paws for Ability and the Special Olympics Colorado, as well as support the community through our own charity, KD Kanopy Cares for Kids. Learn more about the mission and work of these wonderful organizations and our upcoming fundraiser below:

Feed Our Children NOW

Feed Our Children NOW coordinates and organizes food drives across the country to help hungry children in need. The non-profit also addresses the need for personal finance education in securing the next generation’s financial future. Check out the video below of KD Kanopy tents shading Feed Our Children NOW volunteers during the Vans Warped Tour 2013!

4 Paws for Ability

4 Paws for Ability uses the special talents of service dogs to provide independence for children with disabilities and veterans who have lost the use of a limb or their hearing. The non-profit also works to educate the public regarding the work of service dogs in the community.

Special Olympics Colorado

Featuring Olympic events from snowboarding to soccer, even bocce, the Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round sports training to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This unique athletic competition benefits the participants, their families and fosters an environment of equality, respect and acceptance within communities.

In addition to the charities we work with each year, we are proud to have started KD Kanopy Cares for Kids 10 years ago to help children in need. Through fundraisers, we focus on small charities that need the help most. This year, we will be hosting our 6th Annual Golf Tournament at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen, Colorado to benefit a local non-profit. The tournament will take place on July 28th, 2014. Check back for more information as the date approaches!




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KD Kanopy Clients Represent at SIA in Denver

Last week several KD Kanopy clients could be spotted at SIA 2014 at the Denver Convention Center. SIA is a trade show for buyers, the media, and other industry professionals to get a peek at what respected snow sports brands are launching next – and who the up-and-coming names to know are.

One of our customers, Powder Gems, offers a line of ski goggles that take your ski goggle fashion to the next level. The goggles are embellished with Swarovski-crystals. We chatted with Colorado native, Kara, to learn a little more about her business. Thanks for being an awesome customer!

1. How did the idea for Powder Gems come to be? What do you most love about your line of work? 

I made a pair of blinged out goggles a few years ago, and every time I would wear them to the mountains everybody would stop me and ask me where I got them.  I was boarding with my daughter one day and thought, I should make a snowboarding/skiing apparel line.  I went out on a limb and started the company, with the help of a friend that wanted to invest in my dream.  I decided to start with the goggles that I made and to grow from that.

My daughter, Kenzie, and I would love to eventually donate some of our proceeds to a charity of some kind to help women and children of domestic violence.  Hopefully down the road we can really help some families that are down and out and give them hope for a great, strong future!   The thing I love most is making people feel beautiful and having my daughters see their mom as a strong survivor.

2.  Tell us a little about your background. Have you owned a business before? 

I am a hair stylist so technically I own my own business. I had rented my own booth before, but I have never started a company like this. Powder Gems is definitely the first company that I completely started on an idea.

3.  What is something readers would be surprised to know about you or your business? 

I think that people would be surprised to know that my main goal in all of this is to help other women, with children, in domestic violence situations get real help.  I want to be able to get them on their feet and get back their confidence.  Just for them to know they are not alone. I am still trying to figure out how to exactly do that but it was the main inspiration behind launching the line, and eventually I hope the collection expands so I can do this full time, be able to take care of my girls from this company, and find a way to help other women.

4.  What is your business’s biggest challenge?

 I am a single mom, I have a full time job, and I am starting my own business.  Pretty much doing it all by myself is the biggest challenge.  The other would be is that nobody knows what Powder Gems is, so getting my name out there.

5.  What do you most love about Colorado? 

I love that Colorado has so many fun things to do!  Snowboarding in the winter, wakeboarding and camping in the summer.  Awesome weather, it’s always sunny!  It’s also very safe, and has great schools.

6.  What is your target market?

I would say my target market is confident women and girls that like to attract attention.  Stylish women that love to look great!

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