Summit County business briefs: A new name for Breckenridge spa
The new year means a new space (and a new name) for a local favorite.
On Friday, Jan. 9, the spa formerly known as Harmony Health and Massage hosts a grand reopening ceremony at its new location on Main Street in Breckenridge. For faithful customers, the new space is more convenient, and the new name is easy to remember: Harmony Health Massage and Wellness Spa.
The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony, finger foods and an introduction to the spa’s expanded services. The first 25 visitors will also receive a free gift.
Harmony Health owner Inanna Hall spent the last 10 years jumping from location to location across town. The Main Street space is three times larger than her last location, on Ridge Street, and the expansion means more room for wellness offerings — hence the revamped name.
“The new location is more of the full-service wellness spa I just didn’t have space for before,” Hall said. “This is a classy therapeutic and healing arts space, which include nutrition and naturopathic care. It’s a full-service spa atmosphere, but we’re not really glam.”
Harmony Health Massage and Wellness Spa is located at 326 Main St. in Breckenridge. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call the spa at (970) 453-2257.
Dillon and Silverthorne host ‘destination’ business workshop
For many local businesses, setting up shop on a tourist-friendly strip of Main Street is just the beginning.
It needs to be a destination, just like the resorts and trails and mountains surrounding Summit County. And small-business expert John Schallert can help boost you over that hurdle.
On Monday, Jan. 12, Schallert leads a workshop at Silverthorne Pavilion (400 Blue River Parkway) titled “Becoming a Destination Business.” The Front Range marketing and small-business strategist will go over tactics any small-business owner can use to stand out from the crowd. For Schallert, the final goal is simple (and manageable): Win clients from thousands of miles away on the strength of your image and interactions.
The Dillon Business Association and the towns of Dillon and Silverthorne host the workshop. It’s the second free event Shallert has led in Summit County. He also leads workshops along the Front Range, including a round of three-day workshops in Longmont attended by many local businesses as part of Dillon’s community reinvention project.
The free workshop is open to the public and runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP (not required but encouraged), call Shannon Jakoby with the town of Dillon at (970) 468-5100.
statewide campaign for cannabis education
In time for the second full year of retail marijuana, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Jan. 5 launched a media campaign to educate Colorado adults and visitors about the safe, legal and responsible use of retail marijuana.
The campaign, “Good to Know,” focuses on retail marijuana laws and health effects, including the ban on use in public places, age restrictions, DUI laws, the dangers of overuse and other concerns related to marijuana and marijuana-infused products. The campaign also will educate parents on how to protect kids from marijuana products.
The campaign was developed with the Denver ad agency Cactus and is the first statewide public education effort led by the health department. Beginning this month, messages will be spread through just about every media outlet, including social media sites, radio spots, outdoor billboards and TV commercials.
The campaign uses a friendly, colorful and approachable style to educate Coloradans about retail marijuana laws and continues a statewide conversation with families, health care providers, schools, community groups and retailers about how to ensure legal marijuana doesn’t adversely affect either users or nonusers.
The Retail Marijuana Education Program was funded with a total of $5.7 million, approximately $4 million of which is dedicated to an 18-month educational campaign, Spanish language campaigns, resources to educate people at point of sale and a youth-focused prevention effort that will launch this spring. Funding comes from marijuana tax revenue appropriated to the department by the state legislature.
COPPER MOUNTAIN FIRE Lieutenants recogniZED
Lt. Tim Schlough and Lt. Todd Bedebrand, both of Copper Mountain Fire Department, are now part of a very small, very selective firefighting organization.
In mid-December, the Commission on Professional Credentialing met to officially confer the designation of fire officer on the two longtime local firefighters. The professional designation is highly competitive, and Schlough and Bedebrand join just 223 other fire officers worldwide. Both men have been with CMFD for more than 15 years.
The CPC awards the fire officer designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization’s stringent criteria. The process includes an assessment of the applicant’s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession and community involvement.
Breck boosts water rates for 2015
Water in Breckenridge just got a bit more expensive, and town officials hope the rate hike will encourage conservation — all the while funding a new water plant.
Beginning on Jan. 1, the Breckenridge Water Utility will implement a higher annual rate increase than it has in the past.
This year, the usage rate will go up by 5 percent and plant investment fees (PIFs) will go up by 10 percent. PIFs are paid by new customers connecting to the town’s water system.
The 5 percent rate increase for residential and commercial users will raise the base residential usage charge from $31.26 to $32.81 per two-month billing cycle, an increase of $1.55. That translates to a $9.30 increase annually.
The base rate maximum usage amount also has been lowered, from 12,000 gallons to 10,000 gallons per two-month billing cycle. Rates for excess usage have increased from $3.11 per 1,000 gallons to $5 per 1,000 gallons. The measures have been put in place to encourage conservation efforts.
To assist water customers with the efforts, the town will send out individual water usage history reports. This report details two-year usage history for each customer. It can help guide and track conservation efforts.
The PIF increase of 10 percent for 2015 is double the historical annual increase rate of 5 percent. The increase is the first step in financing a new water treatment plant.
A recent study of the town’s system indicated that its sole water treatment plant, a 41-year-old facility, will not be able to meet future demand. As a result, the town has started planning for a second water plant. This second plant also will allow the town to supply water in the event that one plant fails due to mechanical issues or a natural disaster, such as a wildfire.
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