June 2010

Message from the President

Chamber Members,

Here it is the first of June and we already have a busy schedule of events for this summer.

Our guest speaker this month is Amy McDowell from SBA and she will discuss how the SBA can assist local area businesses.
The Chamber is sponsoring many events this summer that will be bringing outside visitors to the area. We could use your support to help make these events a success and hopefully draw return visitors to the Platte Canyon Area. These events include:

The Bailey Hundo, June 19

We will be providing each of the riders with a packet that will be stuffed with brochures, coupons, and information for all the local area businesses. If you would like your business to be highlighted in these packets please get your materials to Michelle Abbott at Sudz Laundramat and Dog Wash as soon as possible. You can contact her at 720-339-0674 or at schelbers@mac.com.

We still need volunteers for the aide stations and to help cook and serve the food for the post race rider dinner there is an information and training session for the aide station volunteers on June 1 at 6:30pm at the Crow Hill fire station. Please contact Jo Ann Schowalter at Ruby‘s Resale, for more information at 303-816-1232.

Colorado State Disk Golf Championships, July 9-11

Dave Poniatowski of Foothills Flyers is still looking for volunteers and businesses to sponsor a hole. If you are interested in volunteering or being a sponsor please contact Dave at 303-944-6663. The Chamber will also be providing lunch to the golfers and spectators for that day and we need volunteers to serve food for both days. If you are interested in helping with the food service please contact Jo Ann Schowalter at Ruby‘s Resale at 303-816-1232.

Bailey Day, July 31

There are still booth spaces available for both Main Street and Rustic Square. If you are interested in a booth on Main Street please contact Linda Henley at 303-838-2644 or, via e-mail: lindarae995h@hotmail.com. If you would like booth space over in Rustic Square please contact Michelle Abbott at 720-339-0674 or schelbers@mac.com

If you are interested in advertising in the Bailey Day book please contact Lyn Kulenburg at 303-838-4243 or JoAnn Schowalter at 303-816-1232 if you would like to purchase advertising.
Visit our web site at www.baileycolorado.org

Bill Kulenburg
President Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce

Highlighting Local Businesses

Shawnee Mountain Gallery

Artists Vincent Tolpo and Carolyn Lee Tolpo opened Shawnee Mountain Gallery, Studios, and Pottery in 1981. The gallery and residence is a historic structure built in 1904 and is part of the Shawnee Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Shawnee Mountain Gallery offers unique one-of-a-kind art in many media. Visitors are welcome to talk with the artists or visit the pottery and see work in progress. Vincent‘s popular landscape pottery shows the Contemporary Western terrain and mountains. Natural clay slips made of soil samples indigenous to the region are fired onto the pottery. Carolyn and Vincent also make art pottery, open-stock dinnerware, and functional work. Special orders are welcome. The pottery is oxidation fired 2291F. The pottery is microwavable, ovenproof, lead-free, and dishwasher safe.

Carolyn‘s designer jewelry features antique beads and semi-precious stones. Her three collections are Heirloom, Classic, and International.

The visiting public enjoys the wild-flower gardens featuring abstract/ assemblage sculptures created by the Tolpos. Visitors often discover that their ideas for an art project can be realized through inspiring custom art. The Tolpos have made many fine art works for visitors inspired by the visitor‘s art ideas. Tolpo custom art is found in public, corporate, residential and private collections around the world.

Art galleries, consultants, and fine retail shops throughout the United States represent their pottery, jew-elry, paintings, prints, fibers, metal, and mixed-media artworks. Visit www.ArtSpiral.com to see the various artworks. Visit or contact Shawnee Mountain Gallery at PO Box 134, 55918 US Hwy 285, Shawnee Colorado 80475, 303-838-6106.

Directions: Located just .2 miles east of mile-marker 217 on US HWY 285, the gallery is 5 miles west of Bailey. On the south side of the road watch for the gallery signs in front of historic Shawnee Mountain Gallery.

Bailey Lodge

Do you send your company ‗down the hill' to stay in one of the chain hotels because you don't think there's lodging on 285? Check out the Bailey Lodge, located in the beautiful Platte Canyon.

We're located 2.5 miles west of Bailey on 285. Our site used to be the former Moore Dale Ranch Resort. The property is not a resort any more but we like to say that we're motel-plus lodging in a resort-like setting. While the cabins on the property are now individually owned, the Bailey Lodge continues to do short & long-term lodging.

The lodge is a two-story building with 11 units. All of our units are two rooms, 400 sq. ft. Each unit is equipped with a microwave, refrigerator & coffee pot. We also have TV, wi-fi and a fireplace in each unit. We're not new or flashy but we're clean and we're quiet.
Our guests are varied: visiting relatives, fly fishermen, tourists, house hunters, hikers, stay-cationers from the Denver area, and workmen in the area on temporary jobs. While many of our guests are ‗on the run', enjoying the activities that are available in our area, others enjoy some quiet time sitting by the swimming pool in the summer, watching the geese & blue heron on the pond, or reading a book in front of the fireplace.

The Bailey Lodge is open year-round. We welcome both short and long-term guests. You can reach us at 303-838-2450 or visit our website at www.baileylodge.com.

May Business of the Month

River Canyon Gallery

Our Member of the Month for June is River Canyon Gallery. River Canyon Gallery is a local artist co-operative group and is located at Rustic Square in Bailey. Some of this areas finest artists are showcasing their work seven days a week right here in Greater Downtown Bailey! The gallery showcases a wide variety of artists work including potters, painters, weavers, woodworkers, textile artists, photographers, jewelers and metal smiths. Come and see the talent nurtured in our beautiful canyon and find that perfect gift! River Canyon Gallery is located at 17 PCR 68, Bailey CO 80421, 303-838-2950 or visit them on facebook at:

McGraw Park Update

Great progress is being made at McGraw Park. The bridge has been repainted and looks great! Clint Packo and Luke Kelly of Freestone Aquatics, Inc have generously volunteered to build the kayak launch and the fishing platform and they finished both of those projects last week. Both structures are constructed of native stone and look absolutely wonderful. The Historical Society has started laying out the flagstone pathways and will begin landscaping in the next couple of weeks. Construction to add new public restrooms to the Annex is scheduled to start in two weeks. The hiking trail across the bridge has been marked, and that construction is scheduled to begin the second week in June and will be completed by July 9th. Once the major construction is complete, signs, lighting, and new park furniture are in the works. Come and check out all of the improvements at Bailey Day on July 31st!

Business Tip of the Month

5 Tips to Help You Prepare for Growth Spurts

Get outside help. Growth is tricky and stressful, so smart business owners rely on outside assis-tance—such as consult-ants or SCORE volunteers—to get them through it.

Hire ahead of the need. If you‘re growing fast, add a chief operating officer and/or chief financial officer—even if only on a part-time or consulting basis.

Change your own role. Stop "doing everything yourself." Delegate day-to -day operations to others and become the leader, the strategic thinker and the planner—in other words, the CEO.

Weed out customers that don‘t contribute sufficiently to your bottom line. Let go of those who distract you from your goal—for example, because they are outside the area in which you want to work or take too much of your time.

Have reserve capital to weather growth‘s inevitable bumps. Reserves don‘t have to be all cash they can be excellent receivables or something else that can be turned into cash quickly.

Brought to you by SCORE, America's small business mentors

Tech Tip

Ways to Optimize Your Chamber Web Presence

You can easily increase your presence on web search tools like Google through the Chamber website. When you log into the main chamber website, click on the ―Manage Website‖ button. This will then take you to a page that has a list of options for managing your personal Chamber webpage. Select the button for ― Create your Key-words‖. You then be routed to a page where you can list up to 10 services provided by your business. At the bottom of the page, you will see an additional box where you can enter up to 25 keywords that describe your business. These keywords will not appear in print on your web page, but will be used in the Chamber‘s search and optimization engine. When someone searches Google for a word or phrase that contains one of your keywords, your webpage will move closer to the top of the results page. We have tested this out and it really works!


Bailey Hundo, June 19th
2010 Colorado State Disc Golf Championships, July 10-11
Bailey Day, July 31st
Race for Peace

Come run/walk on the historic Meyers Ranch. These trails are not open to the public everyday. Race entry fee is only $20. All proceeds benefit the Mountain Peace Shelter, located in Bailey. This shelter assists women, children and pets escape violence in abusive homes. The shelter serves the mountain communities of the Hwy 285 corridor. The Race will be held June 12 from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM. For information please contact Tookie Scherder at 303-594-9347 or visit their website at www.race-for-peace.com .

South Park City Volunteer Day

Clean-up, Fix-up, and suggest ideas for better operation of the museum on June 19, 2010 from 9:00 AM - 04:00 PM at South Park City, 100 4th Street, Fairplay, CO 80440 This is a great way to support your community. Volunteers will have an opportunity to assist the museum staff get ready for the summer season. Bring your gloves and work clothes. Lunch will be served. Please contact Linda Bjorklund or Carol Davis at 719-836-2387 or visit www.southparkcity.org for more information.

Bailey Day 2010

We are still working hard on getting everything planned for Bailey Day! The dinner Friday night before on July 30th is being hosted by Destination! Bailey and we will be doing a BBQ with sides from local restaurants and the Boy Scouts will be doing a bake sale fundraiser. There will be bands playing Friday night, so come join us for a night of fun before all the celebrating starts on "Bailey Day". We will start off the morning of "Bailey Day" with a 5K run hosted by the Platte Canyon High School, or you can choose to join the Pancake Breakfast at Platte Canyon Community Church. Then join in or watch the Flag raising and our annual children‘s parade down Main Street at 9 am to kick off the day right. Spend the rest of your day enjoying all the vendors, music, beer garden, the ever famous dunk tank, stilt walkers and a children‘s circus and tumbling area, the picnic area at the Bailey Garden Center and all the new additions across Hwy 285 at Rustic Square and McGraw Park. The features there will be vendors, gold panning, sawing, and cake walks, and possibly pie throwing contests. Lots of the improvements at McGraw Park should be completed by July 31st for your enjoyment. The library is hosting story telling and crafts for kids, we will have an old fashioned store front with Sarsparilla and old fashioned candy. There will be sheep, goats, horses a jumping castle and other fun activities for kids. Plan to do the horse rides with Kenosha Belgians. They will be stationed down by Moore Lumber and your family will love riding with them. Our next Bailey Day planning meeting is June 3rd at 6:30 at the Bailey Library in the lower meeting room. Please park in the lower parking lot to join us. Also, every planning meeting from now until Bailey Day is posted on the Chamber Web site at www.baileycolorado.org Questions??? Call Carrie at 303-838-0554 or Lynn Grffin at 303-838-8437 for more information.

Summer Camps at the Mountain Resource Center

The Mountain Resource has many exciting family summer camps scheduled for this month. Please contact Mary Alice at 303.838.7552 x30 or maryalice@mrcco.org for more information or to register for these camps.

Chamber Businesses

Morse Evergreen Auto Body
Tony Perry
Mountain Books
Warren Jesse McKean