What’s The Longmonster?! It’s a late-night style talk show featuring local folks sharing what they do, how they do it, and what it means to be doing it right here on the Front Range. Featuring Librarian & co-owner of Maker General Stephanie Sterling, award-winning chocolatier Robin Autorino of Robin’s Chocolates, and Longmont City Councilman Aren Rodriguez.
Hosted by the manager of the Stewart Auditorium, Justin Veach, and featuring the musical stylings of Dave Tamkin & Co.
Stephanie Sterling is a reformed lawyer, who’s passionate about community focused entrepreneurship and service. She is a Youth Services Librarian at the Longmont Public Library and co-owner of Maker General. Maker General is a local, independently owned shop in downtown Longmont that is a community hub at the intersection of craft and social justice with unique gifts and supplies to help everyone realize their creative potential. She lives in Longmont with her husband, three children and all of her pre-covid and pandemic pets.
After 14 years in the Navy, Robin Autorino returned to the USA and worked in IT for ten years. Upon moving to Colorado in 2005, she left SUN Microsystems for a French Culinary School. Her internship in Avignon France, had her convinced to move to the “sweet side” of culinary. Chocolate had been a hobby for many years and one day, while working at the Brown Palace in Denver, she received a call from a florist requesting chocolates for Valentines Day. She left the Brown in January of 2008 and started her company as wholesale only. After three years, she opened up her own site in Longmont, and it has been busy ever since. On October 27th, Robin’s Chocolates will be celebrating 10 years at their Longmont location.
Aren Rodriguez is a Longmont native.He attended school in the Saint Vrain Valley School District. After completing his music education at Chapman University, Aren set out to be a performing musician. After transitioning out of music he began working as a residential real estate appraiser. This transition coincided with his move back to Longmont, and his desire to give back to the community. Aren spent a few years involving himself with the non-profit Arts Longmont Board, and as a Planning and Development Commissioner. These experiences led to Aren pursue a seat on the Longmont City Council.
The Longmonster is FREE to attend in person, but a reservation is required as seats are limited.