Hello Chamber Members,

It has been a whirlwind of a month!  We made it through our biggest Christmas Opening ever thanks to a lot of help from over 70 different participating businesses, groups, and non-profits!  With a light dusting of snow on the peaks we have full hearts as we move into the holiday season after such a great kickoff event.  We are transitioning into working on the 2018 Visitor and Relocation Guide, and preparing for the Annual Chamber Gala to be hosted in the new year.

We were lucky to have beautiful weather and jam-packed day of activities for our Christmas Opening on Saturday, December 2nd. We want to thank the 70+ participating businesses, groups, and non-profits that helped bring the day and all it’s festivities together.  We also want to thank our event sponsors.  We had more Chocolate Walk prizes than ever thanks to Mary Kale of ReMax MVP ($75 golden ticket gift certificate to a Chocolate Walk store of choice), Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort ($70 Spa Pass for Two), Jan’s Restaurant ($50 gift certificate), and Rustic Woods ($25 gift certificate).  Pinon Real Estate sponsored the free Polar Express movie showing, Coldwell Banker – Collegiate Peaks Realty sponsored Santa (Kelly Kringle-Beek available for bookings this month) and Santa’s Photographer (Catherine Eichel Photography), Pinon Court Cabins sponsored the free kids crafts at the Community Center, South Main Development and Eddyline Restaurant at South Main sponsored the Polar Plunge, and Elizabeth Gobble CPA and The Loft Orpheum Theater sponsored the BVHS Choir Concert Fundraiser Saturday night. Shopko donated a huge bag of glow sticks for the children to use during the Parade of Lights.

We would also like to thank our organizing committee for all the time and effort they put into this event: David Billesbach (Five Peaks Inn), Joy Duprey (Pinon Real Estate Group of BV), Erin Godonis (Mountain River Inn), Valerie Harlan (Pinon Court Cabins), Brett Mitchell (Coldwell Banker/Collegiate Peaks Realty), Earl Richmond (South Main Development), Tom Tomson (BV Heritage), and Carole Vowell (Central Colorado Title & Escrow).

We advertised this Christmas Opening in Ute Country Times, Ark Magazine, Fairplay Flume, Herald Democrat, Mountain Mail, Chaffee County Times and The Guide newspapers.  We also had a website page takeover of the KOAA Television Station in Colorado Springs on Nov. 30

Here’s a quick breakdown of the numbers:

  • We had 409 Chocolate Walk participants with 149 completed cards (where participants made it to 24 of the 34 participating businesses) compared to 2016’s event with 202 participants and 102 completed cards.  Congratulations to Kaycee Overton, the winner of the $75 golden ticket, the Vostatek Family, winner of the Mount Princeton Spa Pass for Two, Alicia Allinger, winner of the Jan’s Restaurant gift certificate, and Grayce Meyers, winner of the Rustic Woods gift certificate.
  • BV Heritage made $318.10 with this year’s chili cookoff compared to $155 in 2016.  Congrats to WINNER MacKenzie Campbell for her traditional spicy chili.  She was one of two private individuals that entered. There was a new high this year of 15 chili entries.
  • The Festival of the Trees had 15 participants which was a new record.
  • The Forest Service sold 113 Christmas Tree permits.
  • Equine Parade had 38 entries one from as far away Lake George, they were glad for the invite and had a great time.
  • There were 12 Parade of Lights floats and BVHS Choir singing carols.
  • The Polar Plunge had 60 participants and raised $700 for Toys for Tots.  Approximately 200 people watched this new event.  They were very happy with the turnout.
  • Mt Princeton local passes were such a hit they had to go back to Mt Princeton multiple times to pick up more passes.
  • 166 tickets were handed out to families to visit Santa.  This is also a record.  Everyone who had a number saw Santa; some late comers were unable to see him.  We realize we need to give Santa more time to have nice long visits with the children.
  • The BVHS choir raised just over $1000 in their concert at The Loft Orpheum Theater Saturday night.  It was a beautiful end to a fun-filled day that celebrated our town and the holiday spirit!
  • Mary Kale of ReMax said she started serving hot chocolate at 10:30am and didn’t sit down until 3pm.  They stayed open late (till 5:30pm) because people kept coming in.
  • Julie (from the Florissant area) called Thursday, Nov 30 and said her family was coming to Buena Vista Saturday to enjoy a “Hallmark Christmas” in our small town. The Chamber & Visitor Center advertised through KOAA TV and had a website/Facebook takeover all day Nov 30th.  Julie said she and her sister had been watching Hallmark Christmas movies and didn’t believe a town like those portrayed in the movies existed until they saw the Facebook notice from KOAA. Lakehouse Gifts reported seeing numerous people from the front range. 

We are already working on next year.  We plan to get a scissor lift to lift Santa up so everyone can see him light the tree.  We wanted to have a street dance between the two parades but that fell through this year.  The plan is to have music, activity and someone to possibly instruct line dancing.  The town has asked about putting the Christmas Cards in a park where people can walk through and really see them up close and read them.  We’re even considering spreading the events out over the whole weekend.  If you have comments, suggestions, or are interested in helping next year, contact the Chamber & Visitor Center and let us know!  Please send us any photos of this years Christmas Opening that you would like to share.

We are gearing up to take on the 2018 Visitor & Relocation Guide.  Our team will be calling businesses soon to schedule a meeting with Jamie to review the 2018 guide plan, content, articles needed and ad placement.  If you are interested in buying an ad or featuring your business, contact Jamie at

We have also started planning the Annual Chamber Gala.  It was postponed until 2018 due to Kathi’s medical leave.

Please join us for our holiday Business After Hours held this December 14th. BAH is at Collegiate Peaks Bank and catered by A Variations Catering.  Please be sure to join us for a fun and festive event for the holiday season!

We wish you all the best during the festive holiday season!  Warm regards, The BV Chamber & Visitor Center Team

Please join us in welcoming our new Chamber members:

High Mountain Painting – James Wilson – Owner

Phone: 719-398-1140

Website: High Mountain Painting


James does it all from interior and exterior painting and staining to hanging light fixtures, smoke detectors, rebuilding toilets, patching holes in walls, mounting flat panel TV’s to the wall, and power relocation. 

He also does other things like:

Internet: whole home Wi-Fi setup,

Home entertainment: 5.1 stereo, sound bars setup and balance

Listening assisted devices like Bluetooth and RF signal headphones, earbuds

Computer repair and custom builds

EH Internet Sales LLC/dba Earthly Healings-Ellisa Hanna

Phone:  800-617-0674



Ellisa says:  I have been passionate about natural remedies and as a child grew into a life of helping others.  My heart stays with helping and healing others.  Everyone can find health and happiness when they are ready. Everyone can mek their own decisions. 

This business specializes in all natural and specialized creams.  No chemicals or preservatives.  Reiki, anxiety relief, relaxation, meditation and interactive readings.   

THANK YOU to November BAH host Vulcan Glass Art Studio.  There was an amazing demonstration and beautiful pieces for purchase.

The Chamber is now accepting hosts for the 2018  Business After Hours (BAH).  The calendar fills up quickly so let us know if you’d like to be a host in 2018. Hosts provide the venue and light fare, the Chamber provides the bar. BAH 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. 

Mark you calendar:  Due to the holiday season, the next Business After Hours will be held the SECOND Thursday, December 14th at Collegiate Peaks Bank, 105 Centennial Plaza in BV.  Enjoy light fair, adult beverages, and great conversations with colleagues.  This will be a fun and festive event catered by A Variations Catering

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