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September 23, 2014 - In This Issue:
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It's Monday evening and the rain is pouring down like a billion drumbeats on the roof of the the Caboose. With it's curved ceiling and boat-like efficiency, it feels like I'm writing in an Ark. 

Listening to the cars drive by on wet roads at the four corners, and watching people head home from work, umbrellas raised, I smile again at what a wonderful town we have. Ark image in mind, I ponder the idea of "new beginnings," this opportunity we have to be part of re-visioning our community.

Today the first "Creative Spaces - Revitalizing a Downtown with Art" project is getting set-up at 227 Midland Avenue 14A in historic downtown. Fine furniture maker Dave Struempler paints the walls while Toklat Gallery owner Lynne Mace organizes and sets up lighting. Once a dark, empty space, this storefront is filling with light and color. Peek in later in the week to see what's there.

Another facet of the Basalt revitalization plan, the "Creative Spaces" project is a collaboration between artists, galleries, realtors, property owners, the Basalt Downtown Business Association and the Chamber of Commerce. We'll have more information and photos in a few days on the Chamber Facebook page

If you're an owner of unoccupied commercial space or an artist interested in displaying your work, contact us at the Chamber. We're also looking for volunteers who enjoy organizing and filling space creatively to help get color, art and design into each our storefronts while they wait to be sold or leased. Imagine the difference!

Speaking of artwalks, Friday night was animated with locals and visitors wandering in and out of downtown galleries: the Wyly Art Center and mid-town Annex, Toklat Gallery and Ann Korologos Gallery. If you missed it, you can still stop in to see the impressive collection of paintings, drawings, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and mixed-media creations available in Basalt.

Thanks go to last Thursday's Business After Hours co-hosts Basalt Printing & Art Supply and Timbo's Pizza for the fun evening. Chamber members and guests packed the building, enjoyed delicious pizza, and enthusiastically stepped-up to report their news. Newcomers commented on how friendly and inspiring our business community is. Down the street, new business SolarGlass Windows & Doors celebrated their Grand Opening with a day of festivities and ribbon cutting by Mayor Jacque Whitsitt.

We're taking applications for next year's Business After Hours. If you'd like to host an event, send us a note describing your plan. If you don't have enough space, no need to be left out. Many businesses team up together to put on a great event. Remember, if you make it fun, more people will attend.

Tacking back to the idea of community ark and joining together to build a town, last week brought an inspiring exchange of ideas with business owners in the Basalt Business Center, a new "arts community" in Mid-Valley Design & Industrial, and owners at Orchard Plaza. I'll be meeting soon with the great team at Willits Town Center to brainstorm ideas to highlight Basalt's diverse commercial centers and link us all into one great whole.

We're also talking to newspapers and radio stations about highlighting all the local happening and maybe even creating our own Downtown Buzz. In early October, I look forward to brainstorming with students at the high school about creating linkages between the classroom and boardroom, and later in the month we'll open discussions about bringing a series of business development classes to Basalt.

Does this sound exciting? Ready to climb onto the Ark. We not only welcome, we need business and community partners to build dynamic working groups in all areas: special events, promotions, business development, education programs, community collaborations, and more. Are you a leader, an organizer, or the person who makes things happen? Please consider what you'd enjoy, gather your best working buddies, and let us know you're on board. Seriously, we have a great time!

Warm regards,

Robin Waters
President/CEO for your Chamber of Commerce

P.S. We have a little treat for you, a video created by our very own magic man Doc Eason. Not only does he do a cool sidewalk trick but he walks us around a truly magical town -- Basalt, Colorado.
Here's some news about town from our members.


Guess what? You have another chance to sign up for The Basalt & Carbondale Lions Club Charity Scramble  the Ironbridge Golf Club in Glenwood Springs To accommodate the several other golf tournaments this weekend, the date has been changed. Contact Ryan Beckman by email or at (970) 319-9163 for the new details. 

Sad to say, it's the last weekend of the great Basalt Sunday Market. Thanks to all who made this such a terrific summer. Stop by from 10 until 2, next to the Town Hall, and stock up on great food and treasures. Arts and crafts, vendors, fresh fruit & vegetables, salmon, trout, beef, cheese, music, lunches and other munchies. So much fun!!!

That can't be all.....

Send us your news in 35 words or less by Friday noon and we'll post it here.
Please include your website, email address or other contact information.

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Wednesday, September 24, 11:30am to 1pm 
at the Eagle County Building next to the El Jebel Theater

Peter Martin from Martin Insurance Group presents:
"Making the Most of Your Insurance & Tax Dollars"

Many rules of the Affordable Care Act were delayed until 2015. Peter and his team will present updates on important new rules and guidelines coming up soon that companies and individuals will need to know. Take advantage of this opportunity to gather critical information and ask questions from the experts.

The cost to attend is $15 for members of the Basalt or Carbondale Chambers of Commerce, and $25 for non-members and includes lunch and refreshments from the Downvalley Tavern. Space is limited and reservations must be prepaid by 5:00 pm Monday, September 22nd.

If you've missed the deadline and would like to attend,
check with Sam at (970) 927-4031 and we'll try to fit you in.
SolarGlass Doors & Windows

SolarGlass' newest showroom location, serving Aspen and the entire Roaring Fork Valley, is located in old town Basalt. Serving the Colorado market for over 33 years. SolarGlass offers Marvin Windows, Integrity Windows by Marvin,
and TruStile doors.

The Basalt showroom has the most extensive display of large door systems in Colorado, including Lift and Slides, Bi-Folds, Swinging, and Sliding systems. Rounding out the display offerings are Marvin and Integrity Windows, TruStile doors, door hardware, and Velux skylights. 

Jim Schultz, a window and door specialist with over 25 years' experience with premium products, lives and works in the Valley. Supporting Jim is one of the largest service and delivery staffs in the state, as well as in house installers and project superintendents.

For more information, contact Jim at 970-988-0804 or visit their website at
.... our very own Doc Eason!
Magical Basalt Tour
A Hometown Tour and a Little Magic

8 Secret Places to Find the Best Stock Images

Buying and searching for stock images can be a tedious 
and expensive task, especially if you stick to the standard sites.
But there are other sites out there, and many of them are better than 
the status quo. 

Here are eight sites with great stock photos-


To read the full article by Michelle Blackshire go to

volunteerVolunteer to Support Your Business Community
Choose an activity you'll enjoy! Decide how much time you have to give..

We need help in the caboose in a variety of ways: phone outreach, list development (cross-checking and updating lists), mailings and general in-office support. We'd also love to have a weekend tourism outreach coordinator and ambassador. Do you know someone who'd like to join a happy team, hang out in a historic Colorado Southern caboose and meet great people. If so, invite them to fill out this form and send it by fax to 927-2833, by email to or by hand to the Caboose.

We're also launching several working groups and are looking for experienced, committed participants to help enhance business vitality and quality of life in our community. Opportunities are available in the following areas:
  • Membership Outreach & Training
  • Economic Enhancement
  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Events Planning
  • Marketing
  • Scenic ByWays Presentation & Planning
  • Chamber Membership & Program Development
  • Ambassadors
  • And more...
We invite you to join us. Make new contacts, network with other professionals and business owners, develop your leadership skills, and have a great time. For more information on volunteer opportunities, click here then send in the attached volunteer form or call us at (970) 927-4031.
Did you miss SkiCo's "Super Early Deadline" for your season ski pass? Shucks! There's a silver lining though, the "early" deadline discount and your Chamber membership still qualifies you for significant savings as long as you pick up your voucher and purchase your pass by November 14. New and renewing members are most welcome! Call or stop by to learn about all the great benefits. If you're going to pay us a visit, please call ahead in case we have to run out for a moment, 927-4031.

You'll still enjoy up to $370 savings PER pass with your Chamber Discount Voucher. You and your eligible employees may choose among several categories of passes. Each offers a variety of terrific benefits, including the popular Premier Pass which now includes 50% off lift tickets at six additional world-class destinations. Please take a look at Aspen SkiCo's letter for all the details and follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Pick up your voucher at the Basalt Chamber office, M-F, 9am-5pm
Step 2: Purchase your Season Pass at the Aspen Mountain or Snowmass Two Creeks ticket offices.
Step 3: Sign up at one of our great member gyms: Basalt FitnessRoaring Fork Cross Fit, Studio 360TAC Fit or New Image (Personal) Training to get in shape for the snow.

The "Early" Deadline is Friday, Nov. 14th! 
Don't miss your last chance to save big on ski passes!



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We can help you get the word out about your specials, sales and up-to-the-minute news for only $20! This is an affordable avenue to reach your fellow business associates as well as community members. We have over 1000 contacts and a high open rate on our campaigns. All you need to do is send us up to 200 words with your message as well as a picture. We can also insert a link to any type of pdf - flyers, invitations, articles and more - so send us as much as you'd like Information must be received by Friday noon to be included in the Tuesday newsletter.
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The FISHING REPORT by Frying Pan Anglers

Dry fly fishing on the Frying Pan River is producing great results. The green drake hatch has been amazing during the middle of the day on the upper Pan. The Roaring Fork River has been great float fishing, tossing streamers to the bank as well as nymphing. Also, casting terrestrials towards the bank and under overlying trees can catch trophy-sized trout.

{This Week In Basalt}


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