This week on Exploring 285 we visited Coney Island Boardwalk in Bailey! The hot dog has a lot of history in our community and is a great place for a mid-day lunch, enjoying a shake & enjoying the river! Check it out, see you around town!
This holiday season shop local! The 285 Corridor has so many great local shops for unique gifts. Check out our local towns and retail shops for your gift needs & support our local businesses!
Here are some local shops that have been featured on Exploring 285. I have tried to showcase them all but I have a ways to go. Either way check out the great shops in our area! Featured here are a Borgata, Blue Spruce Toys, Evergreen Mountain Sports, Fun & Funky Art Galleries, Knit Knook, Native Vibrations, Platte River Outfitters, and The Sasquatch Outpost but there are so many great retailers in our area! SHOP LOCAL AND STAY UP THE HILL!
Tucked away in Friendship Ranch in Bailey is a mountain oasis known as Deer Creek Mountain Camp. With a motto like, "Intentionally Simple," I just had to go see what they're all about. You don't have to go far to find blissful mountain camping - it's right here in your backyard.
Our mission is to provide a mountain experience that's intentionally simple for families and groups. We don't have all the highly-programmed activities -- we don't want those things. We want this to be a retreat, a mountain oasis, where people can relax and enjoy.by Brent Kroeker, Owner of Deer Creek Mountain Camp
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Paint. It's the medium that Rachel Henderson has been using to spread happiness and invoke creativity in others for nearly 20 years! You might catch her around town painting the faces of little ones at an event or leading a canvas painting party. Her creative spirit and kind demeanor has helped her become a successful small business owner and a positive influence in the community.
You can't have a bad day when you're making kids smile...-Rachel Baer Henderson, Owner of Rachel's Creations
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By the way, did you know that November 24th is 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!
The Beginning: "It's 2010, and small businesses are hurting from an economy in recession. In an effort to support local shops that make our communities strong, American Express launches Small Business Saturday® on the Saturday after Thanksgiving — to encourage people to Shop Small and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses.
One year later, the Shop Small Movement gains momentum, as local officials across the nation take notice and promote Small Business Saturday. In 2011, the Senate unanimously passes a resolution in support of the day. By 2012, officials in all 50 states participate.
By 2017, there were more than 7,200 Neighborhood Champions across all 50 states... [with] an estimated 108 million consumers reported shopping or dining at local independently-owned businesses on Small Business Saturday — generating roughly $12 billion in reported spending."
Small Business Saturday History
Why buy local? According to a report by Michigan State University, "It means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs."
As part of Governor Hickenlooper's "Colorado the Beautiful 16" Trail Connectivity Initiative, and thanks in part to Great Outdoors Colorado - GOCO and many caring volunteers, a new trail segment has been built connecting Staunton State Park to Cub Creek Trail in the Arapahoe National Forest. The ceremony commemorating the opening of this new segment was Monday, October 8, 2018 at the park, attended by John W. Hickenlooper, representatives from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Department of Transportation, The Bailey HUNDO, and more!
What is the "Colorado the Beautiful 16?"
The initiative is a key component of Colorado the Beautiful's broader goal to ensure, within a generation, every Coloradan will live within 10 minutes of a park, trail or vibrant green space.
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Paul Romer, son of former Colorado Governor Roy Romer, was one of the people just awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics. Did you know that Conifer Mountain was a development by Roy Romer and that many of the roads on the mountain, including Paul's Drive, were named after his family? A little historical tidbit from Frank Fransioli who alerted us to this news! Read more below!