Hello Chamber Members,

Here we are on the eve of spring and it doesn’t even feel like we’ve had much of a winter yet!  We hope you have all had a productive winter season.  We’ve stayed busy with 8 More New Members, working on final preparations for the BV Bash, putting together the 2018 Visitor & Relocation Guide, and we’ve begun planning the Spring Business Expo and Art in the Park!

As winter turns to spring, we are reminded that from death comes new life.  We are saddened to see so many long time community businesses and Chamber members close their doors this winter, but we are also excited for all our new members that continue to join.  See below for information on each of the new members and be sure to stop by and welcome them to the Chamber team and community!  As always, we greatly appreciate the continued support of our ongoing members!

We want to take an opportunity to thank you, our members, and our community at the BV Bash on March 10th!  Tickets are still on sale HERE!  Dinner & show tickets will only be on sale through this weekend as we have to get the count to Kalamatapit Catering.  We will continue to sell show-only tickets till the event.  We are proud to announce we will be showcasing members Vino Salida wines and Elevation Beer Co. beers at the event!  Doors open at 5:30pm with dinner 6:00-7:20pm.  The community recognition awards including Citizen of the Year will begin at 7:00pm.  Doors for the show open at 7:30pm with comedian Nancy Norton taking the stage at 8:00pm.  Add laughter to your spring with this versatile comedian who combines hilarious story-telling with a fast-paced improvisational style that leaves audiences with little time to catch their breath.  Keep the party going with D.J.D.J. music, drinks and dancing following the show until 11:00pm!  Come join us for what will surely be a great way to celebrate with friends, colleagues, and your community!  Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible.

  • Platinum Sponsors: Heart of the Rockies Radio and Rally Liquor
  • Gold Sponsors: D.J.D.J., Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, The Loft
  • Bronze Sponsors: Doumas Team Real Estate Remax, High Country Bank, Pinon Real Estate Group, and TBK Bank

We are deep into the 2018 Buena Vista Visitor & Relocation Guide!  Thank you to all those who purchased ads and have contributed to the content!  We are doing the guide in-house and working diligently to make it as beautiful and functional as possible.  Our guide will feature a detailed index, charts, facts, and maps on all areas of recreation and businesses in our valley as well as information on relocation.  We are also pairing content, ads, and directory listings together throughout the guide and the detailed index will make navigation easy.  These guides get distributed throughout the state to 10 Colorado Welcome Centers, 50 Visitor Centers & Chambers, throughout Lake & Chaffee Counties, at DIA and Downtown Denver, at local events throughout Lake & Chaffee Counties, mailed out to visitors who purchase hard copies, free downloads from our website, and on social media. 

On top of all of this, we are also moving along planning our spring and summer events.  The Spring Business Expo will be May 12th at the BVHS and McGinnis Middle School gymnasiums.  Information regarding vendor/booth applications will go out after the BV Bash.

We are also teaming up with Xi Mu to Co-Sponsor the Art In The Park fair on the 4th of July!  Applications for that event will go online mid-March.

Please join us for Business After Hours – one of our largest events this year.  Hosted by High Country Bank, catered by Simple Eatery  (yum – yum) and held at Simple Eatery.  The focus for this Business After Hours is a chance to join together and Rediscover Community.  Please join the High County Bank and Simple Eatery teams for this celebration of our wonderful community.  $7.00 at the door on March 15th, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  We hope to see all of your there.  

As always, we wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you and celebrating with you at the BV Bash!

Warmest regards, The BV Chamber & Visitor Center Team

Please join us in welcoming our new Chamber members:

Central Colorado Regional Airport – Buena Vista
Phone: 719-395-3496

Central Colorado Regional Airport (KAEJ): CCRA is Located at an elevation of 7950 feet and boosts the longest mountain runway in Colorado at 8300 feet, with a full-length taxiway.  Lying only one mile outside the town of Buena Vista, it is the closest airport to 4 of Colorad’s major Ski Areas: Monarch, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and Ski Cooper).  Fly into CCRA to enjoy all the beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities that Central Colorado has to offer.   No facility fees, reasonable landing fee, well priced fuel and the friendliest staff in Colorado.

Colorado Adventure Tours
Phone: 719-398-1419

Colorado Adventure Tours offers charter service transportation and custom Colorado Vacation planning in Buena Vista, Salida, and the greater Arkansas River Valley.  We offer charter service transportation in our executive ford transit vans, wifi, custom entertainment system, and beverage service.  With reasonable hourly rates, Colorado Adventure tours is your go to transportation for wedding and group events.  USDOT 3088657 / PUC LL 03415

After managing two prominent whitewater rafting companies on the Arkansas River, Colorado Adventure Tours noticed the need for improved group transportation services.  With a constantly increasing number of weddings happening throughout the Arkansas River Valley, Colorado Adventure Tours looks to offer transportation service to and throughout the region.

Phone: 719-239-0548

On demand personal transportation.  Need a ride?  That’s what we provide!  Serving the community by providing reliable, safe, friendly transportation whether you need a ride to dinner, an event, or a designated driver.  Serving Buena Vista and Salida.

Corrine is a 6th generation Buena Vistan and loves to show her clients around the surrounding area.  

Elevation Beer Co.
Phone: 719-539-5258

Elevation Beer Company is a craft brewery in the rural mountain town of Poncha Springs, Colorado. Founded on the principles of hard work, dedication, discipline and of course playing hard, Elevation believes quality beer is the result of living a quality lifestyle. Elevation brews for the craft enthusiast and salt of the earth alike with a handful of easy-drinking classics like 8 Second Kolsch, First Cast IPA, and Little Mo’ Porter. Elevation also offers unique seasonal, specialty, and barrel aged beers. At Elevation, we are more than just a beer company, we are a family, a community, and a collective of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Elevation Beer Company is owned and operated by Carlin Walsh and Christian Koch, located in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, our purpose is clear and our values are simple. We exist to provide rewarding and challenging careers in the heart of rural Colorado while inspiring positive impact on this world we share, one pint at a time.

Farmers Insurance Rory Loebig Agency
Phone: 719-395-8787

Full Service Insurance & Financial Services Agency.  As your local Farmers® agent in Buena Vista, CO, I help customers like you identify the insurance coverage that best fits your needs. This process is straightforward and personalized to help make you smarter about insurance. I have the knowledge and experience to help you better understand your coverage options–whether that’s auto, home, renters, business insurance and more.

After a 30+ year career in the Insurance Industry I left the corporate life to serve the Insurance and Financial Services needs of the residents of the Upper Arkansas River Valley.  I have offices in Buena Vista and Leadville.  We are experts in auto, home, recreational vehicle, business, flood, and life insurance.  I am also a licensed Financial Services Representative who can help with Investment programs, retirement and business transition planning.  Give me a call at (719) 395-8787 and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Peace of Mind Medical Care, PC

Peace of Mind Medical Care is the office of solo family practitioner Dr. Amy Varble.  Through innovative, subscription-based pricing, cutting out the middle-man of insurance, clients enjoy simplicity, convenience, and privacy for their medical care.  This model may have special appeal to those with high-deductible insurance plans or no health insurance.  All patients will appreciate the hour-long appointments, easy access to their doctor by phone, text, and email, and guaranteed same-day appointments. Dr. Varble is board-certified and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.  She provides a wide-range of services including preventative care, chronic disease management, gynecology, and urgent care for infant to geriatric populations in her office and at home visits.

Dr. Varble, her husband, Derek, and their two sons have been in Buena Vista for ten years.  Originally from Atlanta, Dr. Varble enjoys cross country and downhill skiing, hiking, and boating.  After receiving her medical degree from the University of Southern California, they spent six years in Denver before moving to the mountains to join mountain Medical Center.  As the landscape of healthcare changed over the last decade, an insurance-free practice became more appealing, steering Dr. Varble to the Direct Primary Care model of Peace of Mind Medical Care.

Rocky Mountain Mobile Repair
Phone: 719-395-5560

Rocky Mountain Mobile Repair offers mobile equipment repair services.  They specialize in trucks, trailers, diesel engines, hydraulics, welding, and fabrication.  They can repair all types of heavy/farm and small equipment.

I have lived in Summit County for 8 years before moving to BV for 14 years.  In Summit I worked in the ski industry (snow cat and lift maintenance).  here in the Ark Valley I’ve worked for 9 years at Western Slope Utilities in Fairplay and have been the shop manger at DSI, Salida for 5 years.  I’ve been a mechanic for over 30 years.  I still love what I do!  It has taken me to many amazing places including Florida and the Bahamas working as a marine mechanic I am looking forward to meeting more of the wonderful people in this area and providing a much needed service that currently doesn’t exist.

Timberline Creations, LLC
Phone: 719-427-0350

Timberline Creations produces and sells log furniture and rustic cabinets.  Custom per specifications or standard sizes are available.  Timberline Creations also produce a range of custom accessories including candelabras, ladders, log picture frames, and custom engraved rustic keepsake boxes.

I moved from the Chicagoland area in 2001 to Fairplay, where I started working on house construction.  This led to a job building cabinets and eventually into my own log furniture business.  I truly enjoy working with log furniture as no two pieces are ever the same and welcome custom, unique projects.

THANK YOU to January BAH host First Colorado Land Office.  It was a great turnout with awesome networking opportunities.

The Chamber is now accepting hosts for the 2018  Business After Hours (BAH).  We still have spots available for May, August, and October. 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 your calendar: The next Business After Hours will be March 15th hosted by High Country Bank and Simple Eatery and will be located at Simple Eatery, 402 East Main Street in Buena Vista.

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