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First Art Walk takes place tomorrow

Friday evening will be a busy one in Pagosa Springs, with the last of the Music in the Mountains concerts and the first of the monthly Friday evening Art Walks taking place.

The Music in the Mountains concert with Aviram Reichert at The Springs Resort is sold out. This venue has been a delightful place for the summer series of classical chamber concerts, featuring superb, world-class musicians.

We hope the weather holds for the first Friday night Art Walk. As many as 15 galleries and stores will participate. Start on either end of town and enjoy a pleasant walk with your family or friends around various parts of the community.

Look for red flags hanging outside participating stores. Many of the stores will offer munchies and beverages, and even art specials.

The Art Walk series will continue through the summer, typically on the third Friday of the month. Many of the stores will be open later so shoppers can take advantage of the evening hours after soaking or eating. Enjoy the summer fun.


People think that movie stars and musicians simply “burst” upon the stage.

They forget that, although someone may have become a “star” fairly quickly in Hollywood media terms, most of these people worked very hard at their craft for many years.

That is how it has been with some of Pagosa’s businesses. We have been hearing a lot of bad news about our economy, let’s hear some good.

First, we congratulate Pagosa’s own Growing Spaces, which has just been chosen one of the 2010 “Colorado Companies to Watch.” See this week’s Biz Beat section to learn more about the award.

Growing Spaces manufactures Geodesic Growing Dome® greenhouses and has been in business for over 21 years. Growing Spaces has also focused on shrinking the environmental footprint by reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and modeling the success of economic viability and social responsibility with environmental sensitivity.

Another company that we would like to extend kudos to is Tess Challis and Radiant Health-Inner Wealth. Not only is this the name of her first book, it is her company and personal philosophy. Congratulations to Tess on the publication of her second book, “The Two-Week Wellness Solution.” Another “overnight” success business where she worked on her vegan diet and “inner wellness regime” for almost 20 years, Tess has been developing recipes, catering, offering workshops, cooking classes and personal coaching.

Tess’ latest book has a forward written by Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and Robert Cheeke, award-winning body builder and author of Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness. If you have ever attended one of Tess’ classes, eaten her food or have her first cookbook, you know that she has hit the health and food combination nail on the head.

Congratulations to Tess on her book-signing engagements around the country.

We have many other successful direct-based businesses in our community that often fly under the radar screen, such as clothing designer Autumn Teneyl and model rocket producer Quest Aerospace. There are also other burgeoning companies to watch in Pagosa.

Which Pagosa business will make the “Colorado 50 Companies to Watch” list next year? Let’s celebrate our local companies.

A.M. Pagosa Update

Healthcare issues are on everyone’s minds these days.

Businesses are requiring larger co-pays from employees and company health benefits are becoming more rare. Even if you are an individual, healthcare issues dominate, with questions on primary care providers, insurance coverage, and Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

Get out of bed just a little earlier and come to the Pagosa Mountain Hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 a.m. for the Chamber-sponsored A.M. Pagosa Update.

Brad Cochennet, hospital administrator, will discuss the hospital’s future in our community and the role it will play with healthcare. With the addition of the clinic and 24/7 emergency care, and plans for primary care facilities, this will be a very interesting topic.

A light breakfast will be served and the cost to attend is only $5. The session is open to everyone; you do not have to be a Chamber member. The seating area is limited, however, so we would appreciate an R.S.V.P. so we can provide enough seating and food. Call the Chamber at 264-2360 to reserve your space. Be informed as a business owner and check out the future of Pagosa’s healthcare options.

Membership news

We have no new members to welcome aboard this week, but we have our loyal renewals: the Junction Restaurant; the Bramwell family and Astraddle a Saddle; King Campbell, DDS; Frankie La Gioia with Thin Air Landscaping; and the Last Resort RV Park and Campground.

Chamber members, have you checked your website listing on Is what is written there what you want to say about your business? For help or to change your listing, contact the Chamber so we can help you or give you a log-in code so you can monitor your listing. Help us help you make the most of your business.