As the red streaming taillights vanished into the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel at the end of Labor Day weekend, so did the bulk of tourists visiting the High Rockies, at least until the snow begins to accumulate on-grass covered slopes.
Those travelers during last weekend’s Labor Day holiday experienced the lowest gas prices since Labor Day 2010. The national average for gasoline was $3.43/gallon.
Every little bit helps, especially since Colorado remains one of the most expensive states in which to drive. The average price for regular gasoline in Colorado over the holiday was $3.63/gallon. Only New York, Connecticut, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Idaho had more expensive petrol. Interestingly, Colorado is bordered by four states (Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico) that have some of the lowest gas prices in the nation. The cheapest gas in the nation can be found in the Palmetto State. In South Carolina last weekend the average cost of gas was a mere $3.15.
Two years ago during the Labor Day holiday the average gas price was $3.83. In 2008 it hit an all-time high, with the average gallon of gas in America going for more than $4.
ROLLING ON ...
Colorado Biz Magazine last month named Breckenridge Grand Vacations a finalist in its competition for the state’s top companies. When the winners were announced on Aug. 28, Boulder Creek Neighborhood, of Louisville, just edged out Breckenridge Grand Vacations in the real estate category.
Top tourism company award went to Rocky Mountain Connections Inc., of Aspen.
Breckenridge Grand Vacations was one of only 39 finalists named for the awards and the only Summit County business represented. Earlier this year, the company was named by The Denver Post as one of the state’s top companies to work for.
MOVING IN ...
As tourists take a temporary vacation from Summit County, a couple of new businesses have recently moved in.
Equity Colorado-Mountain Properties is preparing to open an office in Silverthorne. Gary Rosine is the employing broker, and Penelope TerHaar is chief marketing officer.
Equity USA, the parent company, was launched in Utah 10 years ago. It has since expanded to 10 states. The company credits its growth to a unique business model in which Realtors pay no split to the company. Instead, they give the company a $499 transaction fee. Realtors also have no office fees and are provided various resources by the company.
The company is currently looking for new and experienced agents to serve Summit.
And a Colorado-based children’s clothing designer, which sells clothes in boutiques located in 47 states, just established its own flagship store in downtown Breckenridge.
Young Colors, located at 226 S. Main St., showcases its wares in three rooms of the yellow, Victorian-style home. It carries clothes designed by Robert and Donna Prescott, who are also the owners and shopkeepers. More than 15 years ago they traveled to Southeast Asia, where the hand-crafted designs they saw helped inspire their own successful children’s clothing line.
Their clothes are designed for babies through tweens. If you stop by make sure you pet Bailey, the 95-pound, white puffy dog that greets visitors.