A family business built on heart
Local business owner Roz Schroeder is a wife, mother, grandmother, outdoor enthusiast and a proud resident of The Village at Castle Pines since 1999. She is director of Cielo at Castle Pines, an event venue located on Happy Canyon Road that specializes and caters to the customer’s desire. “From weddings to celebrations of life, to nonprofit and corporate events, we truly love each and every event that we host,” stated Schroeder.
Growing up in Chicago, Schroeder’s parents regularly entertained friends and family; she has hosting in her blood. She attended Southern Illinois University and lived in Hawaii briefly, but after a visit to her parents who had retired in Colorado, she fell in love with the Centennial State and never left.
She met and married her husband, Randy, and they raised four children. After the kids graduated from high school, Schroeder became a realtor in The Village at Castle Pines and further realized the importance of venue and relationships for large gatherings. “My 14 years in real estate helped me considerably with client relations and showed me how important it is to treat everyone as though they are family,” added Schroeder.
After extensive research in the potential of running a venue business and realizing a need in the south Denver metro suburbs, Schroeder and her family bought property in The Village. “I looked quite some time for the perfect location, driving for miles looking at several listings,” said Schroeder. She was surprised to find the location she wanted was “in her own back yard,” and was pleased to learn it was commercially zoned. In 2009, they built Cielo, which means “heaven” or “sky” in Spanish, and hosted their first wedding in May that same year.
According to Schroeder, Cielo has options for indoor events featuring a large fireplace and dramatic staircase, and the outdoor area has a “mountain-like setting without the long drive.” After more than a decade in business, Schroeder says one of the biggest challenges is telling guests it’s time to go home.
Schroeder has a passion for giving back and is proud to offer special rates to nonprofit organizations. “One of our main objectives when we decided to build Cielo was to help our community,” says Schroeder. Cielo currently works with more than 30 philanthropic organizations.
The business is a family affair. Schroeder’s son, Todd, her step-daughter, Stacy, her daughter-in-law, Julie, and her brother-in-law, Terry, are involved in the operation of Cielo, plus 12 additional employees. When Schroeder and her entire family of 14 aren’t working, they ski, snowboard, hike 14ers, kayak, and play golf and hockey. Between all of them, they have five dogs and three cats.
Schroeder concludes that there isn’t a better place to live than Castle Pines and that Cielo was built with love and remains dear to her and her family’s hearts. “We wanted to create a business the family could be proud of and to extend hospitality to this wonderful state that has given us all so much.” For more information, visit cielocastlepines.com.