How Are You Engaging?

How Are You Engaging by Heather L. Galaska Engagement is Queen It's been said that when it comes to social media marketing that content is king, and engagement is queen. There is a lot of truth in that statement. Gone are the days that a sales post on social media would draw an online consumer to your website or reach out to your brand. Today, onli...
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Keeping Up With The Community - Native Vibrations

The next time you're in downtown Bailey, drop into the new location of Native Vibrations Crystals & Gifts! This eclectic gem and crystal store is full of positive energy and beautiful trinkets. Meet Boyd Brookhart, the owner, who has had an affinity for digging crystals and gems since he was three. Mention you saw this video and receive a discount! Details inside.

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The Rich History of the 285 Corridor

It can be hard to imagine life along the 285 corridor before cars, shopping centers, restaurants, and businesses, but this was the landscape of the area as little as 100 years ago. The pioneers of Conifer, Pine, and Bailey are the founders of these beautiful places where we reside and run our businesses. Those brave souls faced the harsh Colorado winters without snow plows and 4WD vehicles. They braved the elements (and wildlife) before indoor plumbing. They farmed the land and spent a day and a half in their wagons to take crops to The Brown Palace in Downtown Denver for sale. They built the railroad that opened commerce to the Bailey area and beyond. And they are the ones who laid the cobblestones of the towns we love.

From the collection of the Littleton Museum. May not be reproduced in any form without permission of the Littleton Museum.

Mountain life in Colorado had many hardships and those pioneers endured it all. Think about this - if you have lived in the Corridor for a while, you've experienced winter storms that dumped feet of snow on top of us. We are lucky to have machinery available to help us with the load, but these pioneers relied on their tools and hands. They were snowed in for days, weeks, and possibly even months while they enjoyed the beauty this area has to offer.

Today, we are fortunate to have the ancestors of these strong and resilient pioneers give us the stories and memories of their family members. With careful preservation, those stories continue to be passed down long after they have departed. A sense of community brought the pioneers of the corridor together, just the same as it does today.

It's this story of friendship that opened the door of history for me.

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Keeping Up With The Community - Jazzercise

Today's Jazzercise is not your mother's Jazzercise.  Meet Aimee Pless, Owner/Class Instructor of Conifer Jazzercise Fitness Center!  The studio offers ALL different types of classes to accommodate all levels of fitness -- 37 to be exact!  Learn more about Aimee, the studio, and how Jazzercise has evolved since the 80s when you watch this video!  

Pssst... and if you're a busy mom like me you'll be happy to know they have CHILDCARE!  (Click "Continue reading...")

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Local Business Spotlight: Mountain Resource Center

You know that thrift store that sits above Buster's Pet Supply in the STAPLES shopping center?  Yup, that one.  Well, it's part of the Mountain Resource Center.

​Mountain Resource Center has been around for 28 years.  It's a local non-profit that has done an excellent job of strengthening the community by providing services that empower people.  And not just families, either. People commonly perceive Mountain Resource Center as emergency support, but they actually offer services that anyone can benefit from, and I mean anyone.

Click "Continue reading" to watch this short video and learn more about their services, as well as how YOU can get started as a client, and how you can help return the favor to such a wonderful organization. 

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Keeping Up With The Community - Hiland Mobile Safe & Lock

Hiland Mobile Safe & Lock services Conifer, Bailey, Evergreen and surrounding areas. They are a 24/7 mobile locksmith that can help you with all of your residential, commercial and automotive locksmith needs. Mike Upton is the Owner/Operator.  Click "Continue Reading" to watch our full interview!

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Keeping Up With The Community - Colorado Aerial Yoga and Fitness

Paula Dong is the owner of Colorado Aerial Yoga and Fitness and her studio just relocated to Bergen Village in Evergreen! In this interview, Paula explains to me how everyone can benefit from aerial yoga, especially those who have suffered from previous injuries and need pain relief.  Watch this video interview to learn more!

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Local Business Spotlight: Harmony Nails

Harmony Nails has been in Conifer 2007, but John Nguyen has been the owner since it changed hands almost a year ago. They offer a variety of services including manicures, pedicures, gels, acrylic nails, and eyebrow waxing. Their hours are as follows:
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

I've been seeing John and the gals at Harmony Nails for a few years now and I love that they're always so thorough. I decided to ask John a few questions (while I was getting a manicure) so that the community could get to know him a little better.

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Keeping Up With The Community - King's Emporium

The holidays are upon us and if you're anything like me, then you've got some last minute shopping to do. King's Emporium​ has something for everyone! You'll have to see for yourself and stop for a cup o' joe at Josh's Place (the coffee shop inside the store).  All proceeds from the coffee shop go to support young adults with special needs.

King's Emporium in King's Valley is an antique and consignment shop with 7400 square feet and over merchandise from over 80 local Colorado dealers and consigners. We sell and consign home decor, estate jewelry, lots of antiques, and so much more. We also support the developmentally disabled and all proceeds from our coffee shop go to Whole Care. Stop by on a Wednesday and meet some of the group; they make the cutest bird houses and projects, sold exclusively at Kings Emporium. We also have the giving trunk for the police and fire departments for children in tragedies, and we have flea markets in the spring through late fall.

Cindy Owsiany, Nancy Powell, and Janeen Garcia are the owners.  Here's how our interview went:


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Cindy Threlkel
Thank you for coming to our shop and making us feel so special. You are amazing
Friday, 22 December 2017 18:22
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Keeping Up With The Community - Unleashed Pet Foods

​The official grand opening of Unleashed Pet Foods in Aspen Park is Saturday, December 9th! 20% off everything from 10 AM - 2 PM! Stop in and say Hi! They're working on carrying a full array of goodies for you and your pets. They food intolerance testing via bio resonance if you need help trying to find the right food to feed. Long time staff members Lynae and Elise are there to help you with all your questions. 





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10 Awesome Places to Shop Local in Conifer

It's hard to think about Christmas shopping and festivities when the weather is so beautiful. The temperatures are in the mid-50's, for crying out loud! But that's exactly how my friend Heather and I started our Small Business Saturday journey in Conifer, Colorado. Beautiful weather and a treasure hunt for hidden bargains, new friendships, and a better understanding of just what it was like to shop local in the My Mountain Town Community for the holidays.  

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3 Things Not to Do with Your 280 Twitter Characters

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Recently, Twitter expanded its character limit from 140 to 280. There has been a lot of mixed reactions to this change with both sides citing both the pros and cons. Overall, I think users will find that it is a positive experience, but there are some things to watch out for! Don't use the expansion to sell, sell, sell. Users are looking for an exp...
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Use AmazonSmile to Support Area Nonprofits

Did you know that with just the click of a couple of buttons, you can have Amazon send money to your favorite nonprofit organizations? It costs you nothing extra, you still get the same deals and service you expect from Amazon, and you help raise a little more money for our local nonprofits with your purchases. Pretty sweet, isn't it?! It's called AmazonSmile, and we've got the list of eligible nonprofits below from which you can choose.

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A Real-World look at Fire Mitigation and the effects on all of us

 "What's the difference between reading a resource document and finding a reason for getting involved?" I asked Heather Galaska when we spoke of Fire Mitigation in her childhood home of Evergreen, Colorado. Here's how my time with her went.

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Create Custom Graphics for Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a great time to promote not only your own business, but that of your fellow businesses in the area as well! Did you know that you can create your own custom "Shop Small" graphics? It takes a little finagling if you have a longer business name, but you can go through and try several iterations if you don't quite like what you get back. There's no charge, and they'll send some generic graphics as well as Tip Sheets for how best to use these marketing materials! You'll get a Facebook cover photo, Profile Pic, an email header, and other ready-to-use graphics. Give it a try!

It's all at this link here: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/promote

Learn more about Small Business Saturday here: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/



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La Nina Predicted for Early Winter

Who's ready for La Nina? NOAA has released their climate predictions for the first part of winter. A La Nina event is predicted, so here are their official precipitation and temperature forecasts. I'm only including November here, because things usually change, and we are still not sure how strong the La Nina might be. Temperature probability is ab...
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The "I Love U Guys" Foundation

PEACE - "It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart."

When I got the heads up that September was a special month for the mountain community of Bailey, Colorado, I had to ask why. Turns out it's a month of remembrance for Emily Keyes, the catalyst for the "I Love U Guys" Foundation. This, friends, is a big deal. Here's why:

"On September 27th, 2006, a gunman entered Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado, held seven girl's hostage and ultimately shot and killed Emily Keyes. During the time she was held hostage, Emily sent her parents text messages… 'I love you guys' and 'I love u guys, k?' Emily's kindness, spirit, fierce joy, and the dignity and grace that followed this tragic event define the core of the 'I Love U Guys' Foundation - The Standard Response Protocol PK-2 Manual, I love U Guys Foundation Curriculum Toolkit.

I had the opportunity to meet with Emily's parents and get a feel for the dignity and grace that followed. Although the tragedy was real and is still keenly felt, this story is about what happened AFTER the tragedy hit. And friends, this is where the community​ that My Mountain Town is so incredibly proud to be a part of stepped up.
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Sharon Trilk
This article made me cry. Twice. Learning that our kids want to be involved in planning for emergencies, realizing they can handle... Read More
Friday, 29 September 2017 18:26
Sharon Montgomery
You are so welcome! Agreed! There are so many ways to get behind this cause with money and time contributions. But truly, it ult... Read More
Saturday, 30 September 2017 14:47
Heather Galaska
This is a beautiful article! Thank you so much for sharing their story.
Saturday, 30 September 2017 14:11
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What You Need to Know About Verifying Your Business Facebook Page

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Verifying your business Facebook page is important for giving your business page the authenticity it needs for possible customers to trust you as an accredited business. Before we get to telling you how to apply for this, you first need to understand the difference between the grey and blue badges. The grey badge next to a company's name, is for a ...
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How To Create Multiple Image And Video Instagram Posts

This is not a new Instagram feature but not a lot of people know how to utilize this tool. Just follow these simple steps to start posting like a superstar! Tap the "New Post" button that looks like a box with a plus sign at the bottom of your screen. Tap the button shown below that looks like multiple boxes You can then select up to 10 images or v...
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Everybody loves a good story.

And have I got one for you!

This story starts out with a runaway truck barreling into a building. Then, wine turns into water. BAM! There's an epic community Kumbaya, and a huge cliffhanger at the end. Are you hankering for a good love story? Or maybe a great action and adventure? A heart-warming western? Read on if you want all the details, my friends. It's about to get good.


Or, read on if you want an update on the Aspen Peak Cellars Winery in Bailey, Colorado.

It's the same story, after all.

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