August 2010

Message from the President

Chamber Members,

Having lived in the Platte Canyon Area for several years I am concerned about the economic future of this area. There has been decades of change: 100 years ago trappers, ranchers, Indians, miners and Mountain Men traipsed trough the woods, 75 and 50 years ago the train brought people up to the mountains from Denver for days or weeks at a time to get out of the heat of Denver and vacation at the Ranches and Destination Resorts that had sprung up. Today I can sit on my porch on any weekend and watch vehicle after vehicle drive past on their way to places west of us for the weekend with no thought of stopping in any of the Platte Canyon towns. What do we offer? Bailey Plaza, a new restaurant, McGraw Park, Shawnee Tea room, several gas stations and a liquor store? Looking at that list it does not appear we have very much to offer. The art Gallery, and Shawnee Tea room may draw some people, but what else do we offer the casual tourist?

Our environment abounds with outdoor activities: hiking, fishing, disc golf, mountain biking, kayaking, camping, and wildlife. This year we had the Bailey Hundo, State Disc Golf Championships, Bailey Day and there are rumors of a Kayaking event on the South Plate. We live in a spectacular area just 45 minutes from Denver, let’s give people a reason to come to the Platte Canyon and support our businesses and events by making them enjoyable.

Destination Bailey got a Great Outdoors Colorado grant for over $200,000 to develop McGraw Park. All the community had to do was volunteer time to working on the park to get the money, but we have had a hard time getting volunteers to help complete this project.

Recently the Chamber sponsored the Bailey Hundo a 100 mile mountain bike race that has received rave reviews in the biking community and has the chance of becoming one of the best mountain bide races in Colorado. We also had the Colorado Disc Golf championship in Conifer and Bailey at this event one of the professional disc golf participations said the two courses were two of the best courses he had played in the world. All of these events are a chance to showplace our community, to expose people to other things we offer so they will come back and support our economy. Think about it what do you want Platte Canyon to develop into, because it will develop with or without our direction and help.

Get involved help the Canyon grow and draw people from Denver and other places to enjoy the area by getting involved in these events that bring people in. Many of these events are a year away but if you are interested in volunteering for these events next year contact me. An early start on organization will make the event go well and little work for everyone.

Bill Kulenburg
President Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce

Highlighting Local Businesses

Kenosha Belgians

Kenosha Belgians began making its name in 2008, at that time Kenosha Belgians was a small, part time company that took part in a few events a year. Over the past two years it has grown to a full time business participating in several events including: Bailey Day, Burro Days, and the Buena Vista Rodeo. Fifteen of Kenosha Belgians horses are leased by YMCA at Camp Santa Maria for June, July and August. Camp Santa Maria provides one hour trail rides to kids 7-14 years old. They also have a Horsemanship Program that kids attend for the entire week they are at camp. Each camper is assigned a horse and they learn about the care that a horse requires. During their week at Camp they use the horses to ride trails, provide beginner riding lessons, and hold small events throughout the week to help the campers and horses discover their capabilities. Kenosha Belgian horses are also available for hire for at your next private party or event.

This has been our first year attending Burro Days and the Buena Vista Rodeo, but this is our third year providing horseback rides for Bailey Day. My husband and I grew up in Bailey and love that we have been able to be part of the joy and entertainment that Bailey Day brings to families. We typically bring 6-8 horses for kids and adults to ride down the side streets of Bailey. We would like to thank Moore Lumber and Hardware for providing us a "prime" location for the rides.

Kenosha Belgians is proud to provide services to the Bailey and surrounding areas. Please visit our website for more information about the company.

Kenosha Belgians Inc. WAGON, CARRIAGE, HORSEBACK RIDES at Your Location

Heath and Michelle Stuerke 303-319-549

August Business of the Month

Cutthroat Café

Our Member of the Month for July is Cutthroat Café. The Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Chip and the Cutthroat Café for his generosity in providing the delicious meat for the Bailey HUNDO post race party, the Destination: Bailey Dinner Friday night at Bailey Day and for faithfully providing the delicious breakfast at our monthly general Chamber meetings. His generous support of the community and its recent events is much appreciated.

Cutthroat Café is located at 157 Main St Bailey, CO, 80421, 303-816-5099

Calendar of Events

  • Summer Camp: Music and Motion
  • Conifer Mountain Music Festival 4th Annual Conifer Mountain Music Festival with Three Dog Night and 12 other bands. Food, art & craft and retail vendors will be at the event at Beaver Ranch in Conifer, CO. This event benefits the "I Love You Guys Foundation".
  • MRC Summer Camp: Construction Junction at Mountain Resource Center
  • PCACC General Meeting at Rustic Station—The new restaurant in Rustic Square Monthly meeting for general membership of the Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce
  • MRC Summer Camp: Construction Junction at Mountain Resource Center
  • Destination Bailey Meeting. Monthly planning meeting for Destination Bailey
  • Disc Golf
  • 3rd Annual Run the Rock 5K/ Mountain Trail 5K Race
  • PCACC Board Meeting
  • Bootstraps Western Winefest. Romantic Colorado Wine Festival Benefits Bootstraps Inc.

Additional information for all of these events can be found on the Chamber website at

Business Tip of the Month

5 Tips for Developing Policies for Your Business

Clearly define your business idea and be able to succinctly articulate it. Know your mission.

Examine your motives. Make sure that you have a passion for owning a business and for this particular business.

Be willing to commit to the hours, discipline, continuous learning and the frustrations of owning your own business.

Conduct a competitive analysis in your market, including products, prices, promotions, advertising, distribution, quality, service, and be aware of the outside influences that affect your business.

Seek help from other small businesses, vendors, professionals, government agencies, employees, trade associations and trade shows. Be alert, ask questions, and visit your local SCORE office.


Chamber Mixer, August 29 th


QWEST DSL will soon be available within a 3 mile radius of Downtown Bailey! After 4 years of working with QWEST to bring high speed internet to the area, we have finally received the word that in 45 days this service will be available. Interested in signing up for this service? Please call Al with Evco at 303-674-1074. Al will also be at this months general meeting to answer any questions that you may have and sign you up to receive this service when it becomes available.

Holiday Extravaganza

The Annual Holiday Extravaganza is looking for volunteers to help make this year's event a success. Interested in volunteering? Please contact Bill Kulenburg via email at or by phone at 303-838-4243. Thanks in advance for your support of this great community holiday event!

Bailey Boys & Girls Club

The Bailey Boys and Girls club needs your HELP! In order to continue to provide this invaluable resource to the local kids the Bailey Boys and Girls Club needs to immediately raise $8,000 to continue offering this program next month and an additional $40,000 by year end. Bailey Boys and Girls Club is also looking for a permanent facility in the Bailey area. At present time we are serving 175 kids. The Boys and Girls Club grew out of the Drop In Center, which was opened in 2006 honoring Emily Keyes. The Bailey Boys and Girls club has named a room in honor of Emily Keyes. In, 2009 it was decided that the Bailey Club would join forces with Boys and Girls club of South Park. As the economy soured so did the funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs, but as the economy has taken a down turn so has the funding for this club. The Bailey Boys and Girls Club host the Dunk Tank every year for Bailey Day and the proceeds that were raised will help keep the Boys and Girls club in Bailey, but they need your help to raise the remaining funds. Please send your donation made payable to the Boys and Girls Club to the Chamber at P.O. Box 477, Bailey, CO 80421.

Chamber Mixer

Come and join us for a great community event! We are hosting our next Chamber mixer at the newly restores “McGraw Memorial Park”. The park looks great and will have even more new additions by the mixer. Save the date of August 29th at 1:00pm. This mixer will be a BIG potluck so bring the dish that you love to serve the most with lots to share, your own table service and throw in a dessert if that fits your fancy. Lets all celebrate our improved Memorial Park! Hope to see you there. If you have any questions please con-tact Lynn Griffin at 303-838-8437 or

Chamber Businesses
Robyn Honsey
Biggie Wine & Liquor
Jon Guelzow
22587 Conifer Rd #125
Conifer, CO 80433