Snowflakes in the air, music everywhere and we have now officially kicked off the holiday season in our beautiful valley!  Buena Vista’s Christmas Opening was Saturday, December 3rd   and we hope you attended and had a GREAT time!    Thank you all who gave time to make this Chamber sponsored event magical and merry.  We had over 17 volunteers at our final planning meeting and I cannot thank them enough!

We are rapidly approaching the deadline to submit your ad for our 2017 Visitor and Relocation guide.  We will be accepting ads through December 20th so make sure you contact the Chamber and reserve your spot.  We also have opportunities for our members to advertise on our weekly newsletter and our website.  These spaces are extremely limited and are going quickly. To learn about pricing and ad file requirements, please see our guide.

All our members are encouraged to let us know what special events or promotions they are having the month of December.  We want you to have the best season yet but we need your help to be able to maximize our effectiveness.  Contact Megan at 719-395-6612 or email her your posters and flyers at marketing@buenavistacolorado.org. 

Christmas Opening Sponsors:

Arkansas Valley Digital Imaging
Baby Doe Studios
Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce Volunteers
Buena Vista Handyman Mike Perry
Buena Vista Heritage
City Market
Collegiate Peaks Realty
Dr. Mishea Peltier
DJ the DJ
Edward Jones Sam Reese
Elizabeth Gobble, CPA
Harvard City Stables
Heart of the Rockies Radio
In Balance Books
Jackie Sobczak
Mountain River Inn B&B
Pinon Court Cabins
Pinon Real Estate Group – BV
REMAX Mountain Vista Properties
Tomi’s Salon
Town of Buena Vista
Watershed

New members

Ark Valley Healing Hands
970-388-5460
Owner:  Jocosa Olsen

I have been practicing massage therapy since 2001, after graduating from the Academy of Natural Therapy. Suring my fulfilling career as a licensed massage therapist, I have run my own business, worked in a salon and a spa, and recently returned to working independently. Now I have the flexibility of traveling to my client’s locations, or them coming to mine. My prices are the same at either location, because driving to other beautiful areas is one of the many enjoyable aspects of my job and living in Buena Vista. Helping people stay well, heal, and live pain-free, while listening to and respecting their individual wants and needs to insure a positive experience for all, is what makes me feel complete as a professional.

Feed your Soul Adventures
720-252-4978
www.feedyoursouladventures.worldventures.biz

If you have a bucket list, Feed Your Soul Adventures can make your travel dreams come true! Deborah McComb is Buena Vista’s independent representative for World Adventures/Dream Trips.  This travel club is the largest and fastest growing in the world because they provide 5 start trips every time.  If you would like to start making memories that will last a lifetime, call Deborah today!

Winter Tree Studios
PO Box 4209, Buena Vista, CO  81211
719-419-8840 or 707-889-0371
www.wintertreestudios.com
Owners:  Nathan and Cara Larimer

We’re a husband and wife wedding photography team based in the little mountain town of Buena Vista, CO.  We shoot weddings for clients in Colorado, Northern California, Northwest Arkansas and destinations worldwide.  Nathan is an award winning artist and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  He is an alumnus of L’Ecole des Arts in Lacoste, France.  Cara is a wonderful self-taught photographer as well as a Registered Dietician, successful business woman, mother, and even has a certificate in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley.  We hope to live as thoughtful artists, parents, and visual translators of any glimmer of beauty we are fortunate enough to capture. 

CHAMBER BOARD OPENINGS

The Chamber Board has two vacancies.  If you would like to serve on the board please send letter to chamber@buenavistacolorado.org Meetings are the third Wednesday of the month and on average last an hour and a half.  You can always come to meetings even if you aren’t on the board. 

CHRISTMAS CARD LANE – HELP

Two thirds of the Christmas Cards went up this year because those businesses paid for their cards by the deadline.  The cards almost didn’t go up this year because the town has concerns about signs with business names and religious symbols on town property and town staff supervising the prison crew.  I have less than a year to figure out what to do for next year. 

Buena Vista is rich in history and tradition; Christmas Card Lane is one of those traditions.  It began in the 1970s as a combined effort between the Chamber, the High School Art department, the Town of Buena Vista and the Buena Vista Correctional Complex.  In fact, the state of Colorado gave us an award for the combined effort.  Other towns have copied our ‘lane’ and we have received letters stating how much people enjoy it.  It really brightens up the entry into town during a dark season. The high school students were really disappointed they didn’t get to paint cards this year. 

If you enjoy the cards along the highway and would like to help so that this tradition continues, PLEASE contact me at chamber@buenavistacolorado.org.  I may be looking for private property to put the cards on. I will definitely need trailers and trucks to haul the cards to their location.  I schedule a prison crew to do all the lifting and setup and I could use someone to supervise the crew place the cards. I will also need people to replace lightbulbs as they burn out or get damaged.

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