MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Hello Chamber Members,
Summer has arrived in Buena Vista. The Chamber, along with the town, is bustling with activity. Our Visitor Center, totally managed and supported by the Chamber, welcomes and provides local business information to thousands of visitors each year. It’s a big task, but we believe it is vital to the tourism-related economic growth in our area to provide this important service. We couldn’t do it without the help of our amazing volunteers and support of the Chamber members.
It’s that time of year when you will be receiving your invoice for your Chamber membership renewal for July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. Our team here at the Chamber works hard to provide quality, beneficial services to our members. We value and appreciate your membership in the Chamber. We are always looking for ways to better meet your needs and partner with you. I’d love the chat with you about how the Chamber can continue to support you and hear your suggestions. Please email me at Chamber@BuenaVistaColorado.org or call me at 395-6612 and we will setup a time to meet.
4th of July is coming up soon. We are so proud of our patriotic, family-friendly, community July 4th celebration that the Chamber puts on each year. We invite you to participate in the parade on the 4th, either as a business or individual, you can sign-up on-line. All participants do need to complete a release. It has been suggested that we charge for parade participation, as is done in most communities. However, we have decided to leave it free again this year. We do appreciate donations to help off-set the cost of managing the parade. You can register, donate, download the release form and find out details about the events on our website.
Citizen of the Year. If there a member of our community you feel deserves this honor, please nominate them. Send an email to Office@BuenaVistaColorado.org with their name and a description of why you feel they should be our 2017 Citizen of the Year. With so many outstanding, giving members in our community it may be hard to narrow down your choice to just one, but think hard and let us know. The winner will be honored at the Chambers Gala this fall.
Board Members for the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. We will soon be electing new board members. If you are interested in supporting the Chamber in this capacity please let us know.
The 2017 Buena Vista Gold Rush Days is August 12th and 13th. Our vendor booths are filling up and we have a terrific line-up of entertainment in place. Check out the entertainment and activity schedule on our Gold Rush Days page. We still need sponsors, give us a call to find out how your business can receive terrific exposure and support one of our major events.
The ATV Historic Color Tour is Sept. 19 – 23. This fun shoulder season event has been designed to showcase the beauty of our area and bring additional business to our members. Participants from across the country attend this event and so can you, register on-line to attend this years Tour. We are seeking business sponsors for this event. Your business will receive recognition and exposure on the event marketing. Give us a call to discuss sponsorship opportunities. Thanks to the Branding Iron and Rustic Woods who have already signed on as event sponsors.
We still need volunteers to occasionally check the geocache boxes. We are so pleased to be offering the Buena Vista GeoJourney this year. Join the fun and let your friends and family know about this year-long event. Find more details on our Geocaching page.
Spread the word that we are looking for volunteers to welcome and provide information to visitors to the Visitor Center this summer.
As always, please always feel free to contact me with any suggestions or concerns.
Business After Hours is Thursday June 15th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
At The Adventure Hub, 801 Front Loop. $7.00 for chamber members and invited guest.
Please welcome these new chamber members:
The Barn at Sunset
Owners: Jim & Jayme Greenfield
The Barn at Sunset Ranch is a dream that is becoming a reality. After several years of prayer and planning, Jim and Jayme Greenfield will be opening a 4300 square foot barn venue that can be used for weddings, receptions, parties, prom, etc. Construction on the venue will begin soon with hopes of being completed fall of 2017. The Barn will be complete with a 2400 square foot reception/dance area, a bridal suite and groom room, men’s and women’s restrooms and a small kitchen. A meadow complete with bench seating, a wedding arch and beautiful views of Mt Princeton will also be available. It is their desire to provide a beautiful place for their clients to make wonderful memories. Contact The Barn At Sunset Ranch to reserve a time for your special event!
High Country Party Rental (HCPR)
Owners: Brian and Erin Wenzel
High Country Party Rental offers tents, tables, and chairs for any event… weddings, festivals, community events, birthdays and graduation parties, or any celebration! They also have two bouncy houses, cotton candy, popcorn machines, a hotdog cooker and much more. Everything you need to make your party amazing. They offer delivery and setup in Lake and Chaffee Counties and surrounding communities.
Brian and Erin Wenzel purchased HCPR in the fall of 2016. They have been visiting Buena Vista since the early 2000’s. In the summer of 2015, they decided to move from Denver, making BV their new home. They love that BV is such a great place to raise their 3-year-old twin daughters.
Browns Canyon Rafting
Owner: Byron Brown
30375 US Hwy 24 N
Become part of the Browns Canyon Rafting family! Safety and fun are their top priorities. Browns Canyon Rafting is a small family run company who pride themselves in great customer service. They offer family friendly to extreme class V rafting and kayaking trips and everything in between. Choose from a ½ day trip to a 3-day overnight adventure. They will customize your adventure and add zip lines, horseback riding, ATV’s, mountain biking or hot springs. They offer group, military, and Boy & Girl Scout discounts. Located just north of Buena Vista. They would love to help you plan your vacation, contact them today.
Byron Brown has owned and operated Browns Canyon Rafting going on 6 years. Although they are a seasonal business and are just here just here in the summer, they love the area and want to have a more active role in the community.
BVEC (Buena Vista Event Cooperative)
Stage at 409 E. Main St (in back)
BVEC was formed when a group of actors from a melodrama in Buena Vista decided to work toward raising awareness and support for a venue that would be more suitable for performance and visual art than what is available at present. Perhaps you’ve seen the little hot dog cart that they used to raise BVEC funds. They did that for two summers.
Then Central Colorado Performing Arts Center took the group under their wing, allowing them to purchase a large trailer that was refurbished to be a stage. It now sits on the back lot of the Watershed building at 409 Main Street. The first performance was Open Mic Night on May 20, 2017.
In collaboration with Watershed, the stage will be the venue for many family-oriented events through summer. Events include the BVEC Dog Show and the July 1st BVEC Car Show on Main Street. The BVEC summer schedule is available at the W a t e r s h e d.
It is their hope that they eventually will have a real stage with walls, ceiling, auditorium seating, and a good sound system for our many talented people in this community.
If you would like to use the stage, contact Watershed at email@example.com.
BV Storage Units
Owners: Thomas & Jacy Doumas
602 Cedar and 101 Tailwinds, Buena Vista, CO
Thomas and Jacy Doumas have recently opened BV Storage Units. There are two facilities: the units at 602 Cedar (Cedar and Beldan) currently have 8 x 10 and 10 x 20 units available, the units at 101 Tailwinds (corner of County Rd 320 and Tailwinds) just south of the airport off CR 319 currently have 10 x 15, 10 x 20, and 10 x 25 available. They offer storage units in many sizes, as well as parking spaces for your campers, RVs, heavy equipment, etc. You can reserve a unit online or give them a call.
Thomas and Jacy have had a cabin in Nathrop for over 20 years. From Thomas and Jacy: “Long-time friends Randy & Becky have joined us over the years and have enjoyed sharing family times in this valley. Together, we studied what the valley needs and how we might all collaborate on a project. We decided the need for storage units and parking large vehicles is ongoing and so we’ve launched BV Storage units. We trust in the idea of abundance and hope to add another excellent option for those needing this service. Together we are committed to servicing and hope to expand as needed.”
The Cardinal’s Nest
Owner: Jenne Andrews
12998 CR 261A, Nathrop, CO
The Cardinal’s Nest is a four bedroom, four bath vacation rental mountain home that sleeps up to 16 people with abundant amenities and stunning views on 5.5 acres in the Mesa Antero neighborhood. The Cardinal’s Nest is an amazing mountain getaway! On beautiful treed acreage, near nation forest land with miles of trails.
Jenne Andrews is the owner/operation of an event planning business in Manhattan, Kansas and now owner of The Cardinal Nest since November 2016. She would like to see this beautiful mountain home used for family and friends to gather for celebrations, relaxing and fun times together. A perfect location for bridal parties in preparation for their mountain weddings, girlfriend trips to the local hot springs, and close to many year-round sporting opportunities.
The Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation is a state wide foundation with a mission to improve the health of Coloradoans. They take their job seriously to understand the strengths, issues, concerns and opportunities of communities throughout the state. Connecting with businesses through local chambers of commerce provides an important perspective to their work. As the community’s employers they believe you see and feel the impact quite directly when the populations is or isn’t it’s healthiest. They hope to build new partnerships and identify common interest and shared goals with organizations in our community.
Business After Hours will be Thursday, June 15th at The Adventure Hub 801 Front Loop in South Main. We hope to see you there!
Interested in hosting Business After Hours? There is an opening in November for Business After Hours or get on next years schedule, it is held the 3rd Thursday of every month from 5pm-7pm. This is a great way to showcase your business by inviting other members & guests to learn about what you offer and take a tour of your business.
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Member Advertising Options
Our website is better than ever. The site had an average of over 13,000 unique visits a month between Dec 2016 – Feb 2017. Online marketing opportunities are available to chamber members to increase your business exposure. We’re offering a limited amount of ads on the website, so act quickly to secure your space. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to run a banner ad during a time frame not shown below.
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