Friday, May 7, 2010

Chamber Chat May 06, 2010

**Disclaimer: The Chamber Chat is a courtesy service.  Our goal is to be short and readable with pass-along information and reminders requested from members. This service is being provided in lieu of forwarding e-mails directly to you. Thank you for reading our chat!

The chamber chat is full of  workshop opportunities and meetings… business stuff ya know (empowering you, right!?).  Please review the community calendar at There is a lot going on such as  an  "Overview of Mac OS X"  class and the "Dedication of the Chief Ouray Bust" at OCHS. Who says we have an "off season"… that's history!  See for lots of details! Link our calendar to yours! It's a google thing.



  • Spring Closures/ Summer Openings- Updated as of 05/06/2010
  • Mothers Day Brunch
  • Jeep Ticket Sales to begin!
  • Workshop- Sinking or Swimming: Assessing Your Special Events
  • Workshop- "The Value of Public Relations"
  • Business After Hours-
    Blue Pear- DATE CHANGE May 18!
  • Business Round Table- Empowering your employees!
  • 3/50 Project meeting- and the beat goes on!
  • Taste of Ouray will be hosted 06/02/2010
  • Ride the Rockies comes to town- June 15!  Be prepared!
  • Links to members
  •  For current members Calendar of Event items, please see

Spring Openings! (Please send us your information! Thank you.)


       Backstreet Bagel is OPEN- will close  May 10 to move to their new location

       Billy Goat's, both the Bistro and the Biergarten  will open by Memorial weekend. The Biergarten will be open 7 days a week. The Bistro will close on Monday.  Thirsty Thursdays are definitely on! Menus changes AND Artisan Bakery pretzels!

       Bon Ton is OPEN- closed Tue. & Wed. until Memorial weekend. Then open 7 days.

       Buen Tiempo is OPEN 7 days a week. Open for lunch on Sat & Sun.

       Bulow's Bistro will OPEN Memorial Day.

       Café' Ouray will OPEN Monday, May 3 for lunches only.  Memorial Day weekend through all of summer we will be open from 7am to 10pm everyday.

       Coachlight Tavern is open Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Will open 7 days a week starting May 8th.  Coachlight Restaurant will open for the summer       season on May 22, 2010 7 days a week.

       Hot Springs Swim and Snack is OPEN 7 days a week

       Outlaw is OPEN – closed on Mondays until Memorial - will start opening at 4:30 on Friday of Memorial Day weekend. 

       The Saloon at the Historic Western Hotel will open May 14th for dinner every day from 5 to close. June lunch hours will be posted soon.


Seasonal Businesses:

Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour- OPENS May 13. Breakfast TBA.

The Box Canon Falls Park and Visitor Center will open for the summer season beginning May 8, 2010.  The hours are as follows:

 May 8 through May 28 - 9 am to 5 pm daily

 May 29 through September 6 (Labor Day) – 8 am to 8 pm daily

 September 7 through late October – 8 am to dusk

Ouray** County** Historical Society NOW OPEN for the Summer Season —*

San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours: Opens May 1.

Switzerland of America:
 OPENS May 16th (Barring any further huge snow storms).

 Mothers Day: Sunday, May 9th

* Bon Ton- Mother's Day brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9

* The Tundra Restaurant - Mother's Champagne Brunch Buffet, 10am - 3:00pm

* Ouray Elks Annual Mother's Day Brunch- Bring the family or just yourself to honor all Mothers- Short ceremony at 1:00 then brunch afterwards- More info call Bette Maurer 325-0425


Jeep Ticket Sales to Begin! May 7th!-  Tickets will be distributed by Patricia Sullivan starting May 7.   Patricia will be responsible for all pick up and drop off of tickets and funds. If you did not sell tickets last year and would like to sell tickets, please contact the chamber and we will be happy to add you to our list of vendors. Please remember-  Jeep ticket sales pay for 100% of the 4th of July and New Years fireworks, a $1000 student scholarship and a new jeep (yes, we have to buy it).  Thank you all for your continued support!


May 10, 2010: LIQUOR LICENSING WORKSHOP IN OURAY ON MONDAY, MAY 10The Colorado State Liquor Enforcement Division will be conducting a ***FREE*** training class presented by Liquor Enforcement Officers Brian Dyet and Brian Turner (aka "The Brians"). The City of Ouray has scheduled its annual Liquor License Workshop with "The Brians" for Monday, May 10, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The training curriculum will include any new and/or proposed legislation effecting liquor licensing since last year's workshop and other pertinent liquor licensing topics. This is an opportunity for you and your employees to receive training prior to the busy summer season. 325-7066


Tuesday, May 11- Sinking or Swimming: Assessing Your Special Events

9:30 am - 1:30 pm, Ouray County 4-H Event Center, 22739 Hwy 550, Ridgway

Presented by Illene Roggensack, Third Sector Innovations.  A lively, thought-provoking exploration of fundraising special events! We'll use several self-assessment tools to measure the efficacy of your events and their revenue-generating potential, likely lifespan and role of an overall fundraising plan. All are invited, including Executive Directors, Board members, and event chairpersons and volunteers. You will take home:

• Methods and tools to objectively look at special event costs and benefits

• Better understanding of how to maximize return on investment in special events

• Clarity on the role of events in an overall fundraising strategy

$15 includes lunch, $10 for the workshop only

RSVP to Linda Simpson, 970.243.3767, or Sue Hillhouse, 970.626.2970


May 14: "The Value of Public Relations"- Delta-Montrose Tech Center. 970-874-7671.

8:30-1:00- $30 includes box lunch.

- Working with the new media

- Developing your organization's image and reputation.

- What makes for a story?

- Integration of social media

- Hosting members of the news media.

This event is hosted by Ore commutations (OCRA's PR partners!)

RSVP: or call 970-874-9532

 May 18 - Business After Hours-
Blue Pear - 5:30 – 7:30, 450 Main St, Ouray , 325-0450, Dip into the hip! See what Blue Pear has been up to with new inventory and goodies to snack on!

 May 19- Business Round Table- Empowering your employees! 8am. Ouray Community Center. Sponsored by the Community Development Committee.

 May 19, 2010- 9:30 am Ouray County Supports the 3/50 Project- Meeting
Ouray Community Center, Open to all who support local services, shops and local living!
What services and supplies can you get in Ouray County that are competitive with out-of-town services and supplies? Know the dollar value to our schools, roads and other county services that depend on local  tax dollars. Meetings are held every other week- next meeting will be May 19 at the Ouray Community Center.  325-4746 for details.

 June 2 – Taste of Ouray – Taste of Ouray - tantalizing, delicious samplings of local cuisine, live music and beverages. Yummy! Come give your taste buds a real treat! 5-8 pm Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Ave. Info: or 325-4746.


Requested links for the chamber chat:

                    City of Ouray: (view City Council Agendas prior to the meetings)   


                    Jeep road condition updates:

                    Newspapers: Ouray Plaindealer and Ridgway Sun -;

                    Ouray County Watch- 

                    Ouray Chamber Resort Association (OCRA) –

                    Ouray County Performing Arts Guild (OCPAG) –

                    Ouray County Arts Association (OOAA) –

                    Ouray County Historical Society:

                    Ouray Ice Park:

                    Ouray Trail Group  -

                    Painting Marmot Art Supply and Art School

                    Rays Good Stuff, jerky, jellies and more. The perfect gift!

                    San Juan Mountain Guides: New Classes

                    Weehawken  Creative Arts (WCA) –

                    Yankee Boy Conservation Association:

                    Ouray Beautification Committee: Committee meetings - monthly, the second Wednesday, beginning at 3:30 PM in the Community Center's San Juan   Room.





Contact information                      Committees

Karen Avery (2009-2011)


Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs


P.O. Box 439

Ouray, CO. 81427





Jill Schoenebaum (2008-2010)                 Vice President       

4 J+1+1 RV Park

W) 325-4418 

H) 325-4864

P.O. Box F

Ouray, CO. 81427



Faith Parry (2010)


MorningSong B&B


P.O. Box 708

Ouray, CO. 81427



Clint Boots (2008-2010)


Citizens State Bank



P.O Box A

Ouray, CO. 81427


Rob Megna  (2010-2012)     

Backstreet Bagel                                

P.O. Box 1466

Ouray, CO. 81427



Alan Cook (2009-2011)

Timber Ridge Lodge, Mattherhorn

 Motel, Antlers Motel and

Hypoxia Crossfit


P.O. Box 285

Ouray, Co. 81427



Michelle Poirer (2009-2011)

Blue Pear

Shop: 970-325-0450

P.O. Box 128

Ouray, CO. 81427




Paul Choate (2010-2012)

Outlaw Restaurant


P.O. Box 1227,

Ouray,  Co. 81427


Ridgway Chamber Liaison




Scott Campbell (2010-2012)

Riverside Inn &Cabins

 & Jeep Rentals


P.O. Box 342

Ouray, CO. 81427




Ridgway Chamber Liaison

Jennifer Loshaw

Executive  Director

(March 2008 present)

Cell- 946-0053

Office- 325-4746

Office: P.O. Box 145

Ouray, CO. 81427






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