Greetings Chamber Members,
We would like to thank you for your support for our closing June 2018/2019 fiscal year. Without you the Buena Vista Welcome Center & Chamber of Commerce would not exist. Whew what a month it has been preparing and rolling out our summer season full of promotion of Buena Vista, our businesses and events. Noted below are highlights of this work.


4th of July Celebration
Our Independence Day includes present day allure with past day charm. We have something to please everyone in the family starting with a Optimist Pancake Breakfast, Independence Freedom 5K, Art in the Park, Patriotic Parade at 10:00 am, we will be having a Kids Bike & Pet Decorating Contest with prizes sponsored by Boneshaker Bikes and Gone to the Dogs. The Buena Vista Circus will be in the parade and have a show at noon at McPhelemey Park. There will also be Live Music at the park featuring Mountain Mantra, Erin Jan Cooper & Ryan Martin duo and Bonnie Culpepper with Coletrain Music Academy. The Beer Garden is sponsored by Eddyline Brewery. Other events include the CUCC Pie Sale, Heart of the Rockies Radio “DJ in the Air” Fundraiser for Buena Vista Fire Department. Grace Church will be having a Patriotic Concert & Quilts of Valor show and $1 day at the Heritage Museum. In the evening enjoy American Legion Fireworks! The Lariat is offering Brother and the Hayes from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Thank you to all of the businesses, churches and non-profits that have created this amazing all-day celebration.

A special thank you to our sponsors who enabled this event to happen: Alpine Lumber, Boneshaker, Collegiate Peaks Bank, DJDJ, Eddyline, Fairway Independent Mortgage, First Colorado Land Office, Gone to the Dogs, Legacy Bank, Little Daisy Liquor and Mountain Mantra.

We hope you have seen the marketing collateral supporting this Town Wide event via banners, posters, 5,000 flyers, Heart of the Rockies Radio, the River Rat and Facebook. Thank you to Chaffee County Times for sharing the full 4th schedule in their newspaper this past two weeks. We hope to see you in or at the Parade tomorrow. Here is the link for more information.

Gold Rush Days –

We already have 100 exhibitors signed up for this historic town event. The Lariat team put together our music line-up featuring: Mama Magnolia, Gingerbomb, Boot Gun, Mo’Champipple, and Bruce Hayes and Ragged Mountain Bluegrass. Eddyline Brewery and Vino Salida are sponsoring and supplying the brews for the Beer Garden. Fairway Independent Mortgage has put together new shows of “the Cowboy & the Miner,” Serendipity is hosting/coordinating the Civil War Encampment. The Buena Vista Heritage Museum will be offering historic reenactments/shows on Saturday and Sunday and bringing back the infamous “Madams of Central Colorado” show Saturday evening. We will be offering camping by the soccer fields and showcasing West, East and South Main Street Businesses. Here is the link to Gold Rush. Days 2019.

We are finalizing business sponsors for Gold Rush Days and welcome your participation by reaching out to Jon Cobb (click here). We need about 15 to 30 volunteers for the two days please let us know if you have an interest in this community service opportunity by clicking here.
Gold Rush Days is being marketed via Banners, Posters, 5,000 event schedule programs, Facebook, our website, front range radio and television and support marketing by Chaffee County Visitors Bureau.

Training Events –

This fall we will be offering three business training classes with Gray Suit Retail. Classes will be on website sales and Amazon, Google Search Engines and Social Media. Please save the dates: SEPTEMBER 18TH – from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, OCTOBER 16TH – from 8:30am to 11:00am and NOVEMBER 20TH – from 8:30am to 11:00am. Classes will be held at the BV Community Center.

Team Member Update –
Carole Vowell our Events Coordinator has been recruited and accepted a new position working for her former employer the Girls Scouts of America.  We wish Carole immense success in this important community youth organization.  Laurie Benson will be working as the interim Events Coordinator for the BV Chamber & Town as we develop a mutually beneficial long term plan.  The contact information for Events remains the same at     


Online Map –
Besides the printed Buena Vista & Chaffee County Map being available did you know it is also available Free to download on line! The map is an amazing tool for visitors & locals. Please share this link with your business contacts

Webcams –

Thanks to the innovative support of the Chaffee County Visitors Bureau we now have Webcams of a variety of viewshed of our county. Please take a look for yourself and share with your customers!

Chaffee County Comprehensive Plan –

The Chamber attended the Chaffee County Comprehensive Plan Open House on June 26th designed to collect input on general visions and goals. This program has been designed to look ahead and plan for the future of your County and neighboring Towns. WE NEED YOUR INPUT. Please take the time for us to hear your voice. Take the surveys and visit for links and updates.

Grants –

The Chamber is on the process of writing two grants one for fixtures and audio-visual enhancements for the Welcome Center. The second is for a Winter Music Festival in conjunction with the Main Street program and our town sections of West, East and South Main Streets. More to follows on how these grants progress.

We welcome a chance to talk to you personally if you have questions on your membership or suggestions on how we can further improve. Please click here to email Jon Cobb your Membership/Sales Coordinator or call 719-395-6612.
Annual membership dues are due now. This is also a great time to bundle your membership with sponsorship’s; for events – Gold Rush Days, OHV Color Tour, Christmas Opening and 2020 events, as well as ads in the 2020 Visitors Guide. Again, please give Jon a call or send him an email if you have any questions.

Join us for Business After Hours –

Sponsored & Held at the Legacy Bank 413 East Main Street. Join us July 18 from 5 to 7 pm and Welcome one of our newest Main Street businesses. For Chamber members and invited guests. If you have someone you wish to invite just give us a call so we can add them to the list. BAH is $7.00 at the door!

Website & Social Media –

Thanks to the outstanding work by The Lively Merchant Chamber members & developers of our website we have reached a million-page views and we estimate we will have 75,000 page views each month for July and August on our website. If you not taken advantage of your membership benefits of the opportunity to submit Events or Weekly announcements on our successful website please do so in your summer planning and promotions. Just use these easy forms and you will be promoted:
Submit YOUR OWN Event –
Submit YOUR OWN Weekly Announcement – scroll down past the red bar for the form. Upload your message and photo and this announcement becomes a searchable mini blog with a link that can be easily shared on our Facebook page or yours or this link can be used for email blasts to your customers.
Please check your membership website page listing and let us know if you need an update or would like to add photos for your listing. You can email changes to

As always, we wish you all the very best! The Buena Vista Welcome Center & Chamber Team:
Jon Cobb, Membership & Sales Coordinator –,
Laurie Benson, Events Coordinator –,
Landon James, Welcome Center Coordinator –
Jamie Billesbach, Marketing Specialist –

Please join us in welcoming our new Chamber Members:
Eddyline Brewery

102 Linderman Ave., Buena Vista

Life is an adventure! Eddyline was founded to heighten life’s adventures by providing amazing wood-fired cuisine, the most drinkable craft beers, and warm and inviting atmospheres where you can celebrate, reflect on and plan your next adventure. Eddyline’s vision is to have global base camps where you can plan all of your life’s adventures. We wish to grow the company steadily by providing the highest quality products and services, investing into our team and local communities all while keeping our core values intact.

Eddyline Restaurant at South Main
926 South Main, Buena Vista

Life is an adventure! Eddyline was founded to heighten life’s adventures by providing amazing wood-fired cuisine, the most drinkable craft beers, and warm and inviting atmospheres where you can celebrate, reflect on and plan your next adventure. Eddyline’s vision is to have global base camps where you can plan all of your life’s adventures. We wish to grow the company steadily by providing the highest quality products and services, investing into our team and local communities all while keeping our core values intact.

Mountain Homes Lending, LLC

Morgan Pennington has been helping his clients determine what mortgage program makes the most financial sense for over 15 years.  Morgan offers mortgage planning advice with experience and integrity and prides himself on doing what’s right for people.  Morgan offers a wide array of programs including conventional, FHA, VA, USDA and jumbo home loans. For a free consultation contact Morgan today.

BV Overland

We are a full service adventure camper-van business renting fully insured and equipped camper vans, roof top tents and off road trailers. When you not using you RV or Trailer, BV Overland also offer a service to make it possible for individuals to fully insure, rent and gain another source of income from their personal RV and trailers through BV Overland. Jason and his wife Hannah are thrilled to call Buena Vista home and look forward to becoming a contributing part of the year round community and sharing all that this beautiful town and state has to offer for exploration adventure.

Taylor Jones Photography

Mike and Taylor Fisher are a husband and wife wedding photography team, specializing in adventurous mountain weddings. They thrive off intimate ceremonies, especially when they’re based at the foot of our 14000 ft mountains. Their couples are adventurers at heart, prefer to be in the mountains over the city, and appreciate the perfect campfire-accompanied with burnt s’mores.  Mike and Taylor moved to Nathrop in 2016.  After yet another weekend getaway to Buena Vista they finally and impulsively called a realtor to look at some land.  When they came upon their 43 acre ranch graced with 3ft of snow, they knew they were home. They moved horses, alpacas, llamas, goats, chickens, ducks and dogs from their mountain home in Conifer to their ranch in the valley.  Since moving they’ve had a son and renovated their 1800’s cabin.  Taylor is now the President of the Heart of The Rockies Wedding Association.  Both Mike and Taylor are full time photographers and designers.

THANK YOU to Riverside Lodge (formerly Liars’ Lodge) for hosting the June 20 Business After Hours.  It was great to welcome the new innkeepers and see their amazing facility.  The resort and grounds were breathtaking and the Arkansas River soothing to one’s soul.  The innkeepers outdid themselves with amazing food and desserts.  If you have not had a chance to see their facility please visit

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