Business of the Month and Ribbon Cuttings: March ’17

Business of the Month: Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center

Chamber names hot springs March Business of the Month

Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce named Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center its Business of the Month for March.

Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center provides a place to swim for the Salida High School swim team, the Salida Cyclones swim team and anyone else who enjoys swimming.

But it also provide services for the city both in and out of he pool, said Theresa Casey, city arts and recreation director.

“A lot of people think we’re just a swimming pool, but we’re much more than just a swimming pool,” Casey said. “We provide a lot of recreational classes, we have a lot of senior members here who come in the morning to see us, we do the concert series at (Riverside) Park in the summer.”

Casey mentioned other ways the aquatic center helps the community. For example, it conducts a food drive throughout December. The canned goods received go to local food banks. Casey said the center also partners with Heart of the Rockies Radio in November before Thanksgiving.

Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center provides scholarships to those who want to participate in programs, classes or memberships at the pool but cannot afford to do so.

“We give up to $100 per child, per family who qualify for the lunch program at the school,” Casey said. “We really want to get everybody into recreation.”

For more information, call 539-6738 or visit SalidaRec.com.

Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center


From left front are Raedell Trueblood, Barbara Pearson-Sawyer, Cat Hileman, Laura Pintane, Belynda Seligman, Theresa Casey, Abby Groover, Modesta Everett, Maggie Frasure and Karin Naccarato. Second row: Matt Sweeny, Lanette Hartman, Jim LiVecchi, David Daley, Guy Patterson, Jennifer Leighton-Scanga, Terry Howerter, Jason Gobin, Ken Leisher, Michael Varnum and Eileen Rogers. Back: Art Gentile, Gary Buchanan and Sam Johnson.

Ribbon Cuttings

Get to know the new businesses we’re honored to welcome as chamber members this month. Don’t hesitate to reach out and say hello. After all, connection, community and collaboration are what membership in the Salida Chamber of Commerce is all about!

Chaffee Lock & Key

Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce welcomed Chaffee Lock & Key to their membership with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Owner and Operator, Keeper Koepplinger offers locksmith services for Chaffee County and the surrounding area. He can assist with unlocking, re-keying, and installing locks for your cars, businesses, and homes. You never know when you’ll need the help of a locksmith, so Keeper works 24 hours a day and is a proud AAA provider. For more information or for assistance call 719-539-7301 or email keepersalida@gmail.com


From left front are Barbara Pearson-Sawyer, Terri Buchanan, Keeper Koepplinger with dog Maia, Erin Koepplinger with dog Leo, Jennifer Leighton-Scanga, Karin Naccarato and Maggie Frasure. Back: Gary Buchanan, Art Gentile, Michael Varnum, Terry Howerter and Jason Gobin.

Action Lock Service

Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce had the pleasure of welcoming Action Lock Service to membership with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Owners, Tammy & Mikayla Kavanagh, purchased Action Lock Service in 2016. Tammy started her locksmith career in 2010, when she started working with her father in Buena Vista. Her father is good friends with Verl Curtis, the former owner of Action Lock Service. When they discovered that Verl planned to retire, Tammy and her daughter Mikayla decided to purchase Action Lock Service and continue to grow in their trade. Action Lock Service can re-key homes and businesses, repair or replace locks, unlock your home or car, and make most any key. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 719-207-0400 or email actionlock0400@gmail.com.


From Left Front are Terri Buchanan, Tammy Kavanagh, Mikayla Kavanagh, Maggie Frasure, Dave Chelf, Karin Naccarato. Back: Dave Potts, Jason Gobin, Jennifer Leighton-Scanga, Ken Leisher, Terry Howerter, Art Gentile, Michael Varnum

FAASST Motorsports, Inc.

Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce welcomed FAASST Motorsports, Inc (FMI) to their membership with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Owner, Judy Faass, offers high performance driving and racing schools, at High Plains Raceway in Denver. Drivers bring their own cars to school and drive them on a race track the way they were meant to be driven. FMI promotes Soap Box Derby racing locally for children, and Judy is currently pursuing land to build a motor sports facility in the Salida area. FMI offers a valuable and quality service for novice automobile racers and owners of high performance vehicles, who are looking to learn and develop professional driving or racing skills. Judy has worked with over 360 students in over 11 years. To learn more about FAAST Motorsports, Inc. and the Soap Box Derby, call Judy at 719-761-1372 and visit www.faasst.com


From Left front are Dave Chelf, Gary Buchanan, Judy Faass, Maggie Frasure, Karin Naccarato. Back: Art Gentile, Sam Johnson, Dave Potts, Terry Howerter, Jason Gobin, Ken Leisher.

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Heart of the Rockies Radio Group
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American Overhead Door
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The Mountain Mail
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Barbara Pearson-Sawyer – First Colorado Land Office
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Salida Dance Studio
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McDonald’s of Salida
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Go To Guide – Telephone Directory
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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center
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The Bunkhouse
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First Colorado Land Office
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High Country Bank
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Keller Williams Performance Realty
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Salida Auto Sales
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Wood’s Ridge Vacation Homes
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Hibu / Yellowbook
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Gateway Inn & Suites
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Silver Ridge Lodge
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Thanks for Reading

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