Summit, Inc: Gas station falls in Silverthorne, new ideas flourish at Start-Up weekend |

Summit, Inc: Gas station falls in Silverthorne, new ideas flourish at Start-Up weekend

Contractors tear down the old Acorn gas station in Silverthorne on Friday, Aug. 8. The new owners have not yet announced what is planned for the ideal location.
By Brandon Evans / |

While the possibility of gas prices coming down hasn’t come to pass this summer, an actual gas station came down last week in Silverthorne.

On Friday, machines began tearing down former Acorn gas station, located on the northwest side of the intersection of Interstate 70 and state Highway 9.

Columbine Hills of Silverthorne pulled the building apart like soft bread while Roger Stillwell with Peak to Peak Trucking waited to haul away the rubbish to a landfill. Later this week a specialty crew will be brought in to remove the underground gas storage tanks. Older model storage tanks, in this case one designed more than 35 years ago, tend to slowly leak contaminants into the environment. So even the soil surrounding the tanks must be carefully gathered and carted off to the appropriate waste site.

It’s unknown what will replace the old gas station. Ryan Hyland, Silverthorne town manager, said the new owners have not submitted a development proposal yet. Regardless, it’s a great location and it’ll be interesting to see what arises.

Speaking of something fresh, the former Grand Victorian Day Spa at Grand Timber Lodge in Breckenridge, has reinvented itself as Refresh Spa. It officially opened Wednesday, Aug. 6, with a ribbon cutting.

The spa has created a new look and improved spa experience. It now features a Tranquility Lounge, where guests relax prior to treatments. It also has three pedicure and two manicure stations making it a good option for group bookings. They’ve also added a couple’s treatment room and a laundry list of new products.

“We are extremely satisfied with the way the spa came together,” said manager Heidi Ragan in a news release. “It has been an immense team effort, and we are excited to move forward with this new venture.”

And there’s more good news for Breckenridge Grand Vacations, the parent company of Grand Lodge. The Denver Post just rated the lodge as the 11th best mid-sized company to work for in Colorado. It ranked just behind New Belgium Brewing Co. and in front of Trulia and Red Robin. It was the only mountain-based company to make the list.

The ranking system was based on an employee-only survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamic LLC.

“Our proudest accomplishment is that we have a loyal base of employees as well as the highest guest satisfaction rankings in the industry,” said Ginny Vietti, vice president of marketing, in a news release. “That’s a win-win in our book and the only way to do business the right way.”

Breckenridge Grand Vacations has approximately 450 employees and has been in business since 1985.

And in case anybody has an idea to create an award-winning business, he or she will get a chance this weekend in Breckenridge. The inaugural Breck Start Up weekend begins 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, at Colorado Mountain College Breckenridge campus.

“Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote), and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business-model creation, coding, designing and market validation,” is how the event is described on its website. “The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.”

It looks to be a terrific event, and in a place filled with educated and energetic people with great ideas, I expect them to find the next Steve Jobs in the mix.

For more info contact Thomas Gerber at (970) 485-0805 or go to

Since we’re thinking about starting things up, Elevate coSpace, a new co-working space set to open this fall in Frisco, just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help ensure the success of the new business.

Kickstarter is a website that helps individuals or groups raise money for creative projects. Co-working spaces are places where you can rent a workspace in a social environment.

The company has a goal of raising $10,000. Pledge packages start at $10 for a social shout-out and upwards of $10,000 to receive a ski season pass, plane tickets and a six-month co-working membership. The Kickstarter fund is to help furnish the new space, which is located at 711 Granite St. To learn more about the company go to To make a Kickstarter pledge go to

And maybe one day soon, the next creator of a billion-dollar business will formulate his or her idea at the Breck Startup Weekend and make the dream a reality during long days at the Elevate coSpace.

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