Happy New Year!

Jenny resigned in November to work in Salida and I hired Denise Morthole, formerly of VistaWorks.  I feel we have a great team and we are looking forward to the New Year.

We are re-evaluating the Chamber sponsored events: 

  • The April Trade Show will be renamed Buena Vista Business Expo. It will be held April 1st. Airmed Care Network is a sponsor and we are looking for others.  We plan to have seminars, so if you have something you would like to share with the public or information on sponsoring, please call Kathi and speak with her. 
  • I’d like to move the 4th of July Kid’s games to the soccer field where there is more room and more parking.  DJ  the DJ would like to put speakers down East Main so everyone can hear the announcements and he can encourage people to go into the businesses and shop.  We hope this will keep the thousands of people downtown.  We are looking for sponsors for 4th of July or we will ask Main Street businesses to chip in for the sound. 
  • We are also looking into having a Brewfest during Gold Rush Days on East Main.  I would love to have Main Street business embrace Gold Rush Days and make it a town wide event with many activities taking place.

I am concerned about Cottonwood Pass being closed from the top of the Divide to the West side and how that will affect your business.  People think the entire pass is closed.  We need to spread the word that Buena Vista is open for business and there is plenty to do on the East side. I plan to work with the CCVB to make sure people continue to turn north in Johnson Village.


Scott Pellino, Pellino Excavating for taking it down

Buena Vista Correctional Complex Labor Crew for setting it up

Town of Buena Vista for permission to set it up

CDOT for permission to set it up

Town of Buena Vista Public Works Department for helping set up

Tomi’s Salon for painting new cards (it was too late for high school to paint them)

Delta Storage for storing the cards

It takes a lot of people working together to make things happen.  IF your card didn’t go up this year we still have it.


Columbine Manor
530 W. 16th St.
Salida, CO 81201
719-207-4982 and

Columbine Manor is where individuals in need of skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation stays, out-patient therapy, dementia care, respite care, and end-of-life care can find the specialized programs they need and the quality of care they deserve. Columbine Manor employees over 130 members of our community. It is our desire to be the facility of choice in our community. Our programs and services are designed and operated with superior quality in order to satisfy the needs of our residents. We believe our residents are our highest priority. We believe in preserving dignity, self-respect and resident rights in a loving and caring environment. We commit to a resident-centered approach to care in which the total needs of the residents are met, and encourage families to become closely involved with the facility in meeting the resident’s needs. We strive to be responsive to the health care needs of our community.

Mai Acupuncture Clinic
301 East Main St, #14
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Owner: Sandi Lyman

Acupuncture. Herbs. Wellness.

Mai Acupuncture Clinic (pronounced “My Acupuncture Clinic”) is a full-service acupuncture clinic offering traditional Chinese medicine in a relaxing and convenient location. Through a variety of techniques we release tight muscles and activate the body’s natural healing response, and promote wellbeing to leave you feeling relaxed and renewed. Services offered include acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, moxa, gua sha, herbs, and more. Call today for a free consultation.

Sandi Lyman has been studying Chinese medicine for 6 years and has been in the healthcare field for 15. After graduating in 2015 from her Master’s program at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver, she and her family moved to Buena Vista to begin serving the people of Chaffee County and beyond.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been used to treat a multitude of ailments for centuries. Some of the most common conditions we treat among our clients in Buena Vista are aches and pains, hormone regulation, sleep and digestive disturbances, and stress and anxiety. We also treat kids! Come by and check out our clinic or call for a free consultation to find out if acupuncture can help you. 970-454-6460.

Wilderness Country
Archery Supplies & Taxidermy Services
700 US Hwy 24S, #5222
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Owner: Scott B. Whitcomb

Archery Supplies and Taxidermy Services owned and operated by Scott B. Whitcomb.

Scott is an avid lifelong hunter, trapper, fisherman, taxidermist, and 3D archer. After a career as a Systems Design Engineer, his business acumen and worldwide hunting experience come together to forge traditional and innovative techniques in taxidermy and archery. Scott enjoys being in nature during all four seasons and never meets a stranger.
Store hours are Tuesday –Saturday: 10am-6pm. Stop in to meet Scott and view the wide variety of archery supplies he offers. For after-hours taxidermy drop off, call: 512-739-6262.




Quincy’s is hosting Business After Hours on 1/19.  They have generously offered to allow small businesses or non-profits, who are not able to host their own BAH, to showcase their business in one of their booths during this BAH.  There are a limited number of booths available.  Please call the chamber 395-6612 to reserve a spot.

Business After Hours is held the 3rd Thursday of every month from 5pm-7pm. This is a great way to showcase your business, invite other members & guests to learn about what you offer and take a tour of you business. We have a few opening for hosting BAH in 2017, please let us know if you’re interested!

Chamber board openings: The Chamber Board has one vacancies.  If you would like to serve on the board please send letter to 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. 

The Business Expo (formerly called the Trade Show) will be bigger and better than ever.  It will be held on April 1st, mark you calendars.


The Chamber offers many benefits to our members including a free business listing on our website.  Start 2017 off by making sure your directory listing  is up-to-date. And you can add a logo to make your listing pop.  Submit changes via the Website or give us a call 719-395-6612.

Chamber Members may submit Weekly Announcements, including business events, specials and promotions, that, upon approval, will be emailed to all subscribers by the Chamber and posted on the Weekly Announcements page. Please submit announcements by 5:00 pm on Tuesday.  Submit via the Website or email your posters and flyers (jpeg) to

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