Greetings Chamber Members and Chamber Fans,

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  The holiday season has started, have you started your Christmas shopping?  Remember to check out our Member Spotlights and Shop Local!  We have a little of everything around town so there is no need to make a long trip to the city for your unique gifts.  Christmas Opening 2019 is December 7th, check out the list of events below.  Take a moment to watch our video newsletter to learn more about the opening and other chamber events.

Take it away Melissa…

Business After Hours

A huge thank you to the Surf Hotel and the Ivy Ballroom for hosting the November Business After Hours.  It was a cold night but we had still had fun!

Next month’s Business After Hours will be held at Collegiate Peaks Bank, December 19th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  $7 CASH at the door.  Don’t miss the door prizes at our December Business After Hours: $50 Gift Certificate to Eddyline Brewery, $50 Gift Certificate to The Lariat, a night for two at the Surf Hotel, and a Gift Certificate to Mount Princeton Resort.

As always, we wish you and your loved ones the very best!

The Buena Vista Welcome Center & Chamber Team:

Melissa Traynham, Jon Cobb, and Lyndsay Bertram


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The Surf Hotel

Business After Hours Video

Christmas Opening 2019

As the snow starts falling and the temperatures drop, it can only mean one thing, the Annual Christmas Opening is just around the corner.



Saturday, December 7 – Sunday, December 8 during regular business hours

No cost (except providing chocolate treats at your business)


Last year we had over 200 participants enjoy the Chocolate Walk and hope for even more this year. 

  • The Chocolate Walk is open to the community members to give them an opportunity to visit different businesses around town, while entering to win prizes.
  • Each business that participates will provide some type of chocolate treat (feel free to get creative) to anyone who comes to your store with a playing card.
  • The business will stamp, check or initial their business slot on the participant playing card. 
  • Participants are asked to visit a certain number of businesses overall and at least one business per area of town.
  • Playing cards can be purchased at the Community Center on Saturday, December 7th and can be stamped until close of business on Sunday, December 8th.
  • As a business, this is a great opportunity to offer additional promotions onsite for participants. 


Saturday, December 7  9a – 4p at the Ivy Ballroom at The Surf Hotel

$95 per booth (limited spots available)- Anyone is welcome to host a booth


The Holiday Craft Fair is a fun environment to showcase your local work or trade.

  • This is open to any vendor who has products to sell for holiday shoppers.
  • Price includes 6′ table and linens.

We look forward to seeing all of you back and some of you for the first time at this special annual event!


Saturday, December 7  5p – 6p

No Cost- Everyone is welcome to participate

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The Parade of Lights is a Christmas Opening tradition that culminates with our Tree Lighting Ceremony.

  • Businesses, non-profits, churches, neighborhoods and schools are all encouraged to participate.
  • Enter your floats, bikes or illuminated idea into the parade to showcase your group.
  • The Parade of Lights will start on South Main Street and continue to Optimist Park (Splash Park).
  • It will end with the community tree lighting by Santa.
  • Because we are combining this with the Equine Parade, your horses are welcome to enter the Parade of Lights.

The Member Spotlight Enhanced benefit started October 1st focusing on retail businesses.  Below are the Member Spotlight videos from October.  We wanted to find out what sets the businesses apart from others in their market and have been pleased with the results.  Please take a moment and to catch-up on the spotlights before you start making your Christmas Lists.  

Each quarter, the Member Spotlight will focus on various business sectors and weekly spotlighting individual businesses in that sector. 

The Spotlight Schedule is: October thru December 2019Retail Businesses; January thru March 2020Service Industry Businesses; April thru June 2020- Outdoor Businesses; July thru September 2020- Homebased and Non-profit Businesses.  

You must fill out your member survey if you want to be spotlighted. If you are a Chamber Member and have not filled out your survey, please contact Lyndsay to get a link.  We want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to participate in this program.

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Please join us in welcoming our new Chamber Members:  
Good Business Colorado 

1420 Ogden Street Suite G2 Denver, CO 80218

Good Business Colorado is a statewide grassroots organization of value-driven business owners challenging the lines of partisanship and advocating for a prosperous economy, equitable communities and a sustainable environment.  Our members believe that business success cannot be measured by profit alone and that business plays a key role in ensuring our planet, communities and bottom lines are all thriving.  Good business Colorado advances our shared values by: Advocating for local, state and federal policies that reflect our values.  Providing an alternative perspective to traditional business organizations and voices.  Sparking more involvement from like-minded, values-driven businesses.




The Midland Stop- Coffee & Gelato 
801 – 1B Front Loop, Buena Vista

This classy little coffee and gelato shop sits perched on a South Main Street corner only a stone’s throw from the Arkansas River.  Buena Vista’s early-to-late coffee shop strives to serve the finest brewed coffee—-pour-overs available—-espresso drinks, fresh baked goods, light breakfast fare, and of course, house-made gelato.  The beautiful cafe boasts a clean urban-rustic aesthetic and a local artist’s incredible rendering of the Midland Railroad Tunnels north of town.  The baristas are knowledgeable and accommodating.




Buena Vista Physical Therapy
707 US Hwy 24 North, Buena Vista

Buena Vista Physical Therapy, LLC is a locally owned and operated outpatient physical therapy clinic.  We strive to educate our patients with strategies on how to prevent, improve and restore their physical abilities in order to meet their goals.

Jeff graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in exercise science in general biology.  In 2012 Jeff graduated with a doctorate of physical therapy with an emphasis on manual therapy.  Jeff is also certified in trigger point dry needling. Jeff enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking and fly fishing with his wife and two young children.

Bullfrog Pest Management, LLC 
719-733-FROG (3764)
26483 Bassam Drive, Buena Vista

Bulldog Pest Management is new to the Arkansas Valley, but that doesn’t mean we’re new to pest problems. Kevin has 20 years of experience with nearly everything imaginable.  No job is too big or small.  We serve a wide area of the Arkansas Valley, Cotopaxi, Howard, Coaldale, Salida, Fairplay, Buena Vista, Leadville, Trout Creek, Lake George, Breckenridge, Frisco Copper and more.  Our home base is Buena Vista. Call us today. 719-733-FROG (3764) Let the pest problem be our problem.




New Bees 
624 E. Main Street, Buena Vista

New Bees is a second hand store offering something for every one!  Located on east Main St. just past the Elementary School.

When you visit this business, please let them know you found them on the Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Site.




Black Burro Bikes 
807 S. Main Street, Buena Vista

Black Burro Bikes is a locally owned bike shop offering service, sales, and rentals. We specialize in providing prompt, professional service (same day if it really can’t wait). You can’t get much closer to the trails than our location in South Main. Our staff is the most knowledgeable in town, and we love sharing our local knowledge of Buena Vista’s world class mountain biking. We’re here to keep you on the trail!

Matt and Lindsey have been living in the Arkansas Valley for a combined 20 years. We opened Black Burro in the summer of 2019 after recognizing the need for a friendly, locally owned bike shop. Matt has been working in bike shops all his life and Lindsey raced bikes growing up. We are both incredibly passionate about cycling and want to help Buena Vista recognize its potential as a world class cycling destination.

51:10 Youth Ranch 
807 S. Main Street, Buena Vista

We mentor children in the Arkansas Valley at no charge. We pair one child with one leader and most of the time we use horses. Not all children choose a horse-at times we’ll do crafts, games woodworking or tutor.

Greg and Elsa are founders of 51:10 Youth Ranch. They have 3 children, Nolan, Bella and Addison.  51:10 Youth Ranch launched in 2017 and has completed its third season mentoring approximately 75 local children weekly.  Greg has a background in corporate accounting and finance as well as a master in Biblical Counseling.  Elsa has a background in Human Resources as well as volunteering with at risk children, Their journey of launching 51:10 Youth Ranch started through the adoption of their three children.  Horses provided healing for this family, so much so they wanted to bring healing to other families.

Rocky Mountain Adventure Rentals 
801 Front Loop, Buena Vista

Our Town Medical, Inc. 
907 South Main Street, Buena Vista

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