Business of the Month and Ribbon Cuttings: September ’17

Business of the Month: The Hodgepodge

The Hodgepodge earned Business of the Month honors for September after a group of its peers voted for the store to receive the honor.

Lori Roberts, Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce executive director, presented a plaque to the business, which it will display until the end of the month.

Roberts said The Hodgepodge received the honor in part because of the amount the business donates and helps out in the community.

“You guys have done so much with your customer service and letting all these crafters be part of your lives,” Roberts said. “You give back to a lot of local activities and sponsors including the Fiber Festival, Boys & Girls Club, Pregnancy Resource Center, Planned Parenthood, Bluegrass on the Arkansas, KHEN and so many other things.”

Sandi Lacey said The Hodgepodge opened about five years ago and recently celebrated its first year at its new location at 1548 G St.

Lacey said she was grateful to those who nominated the business for the honor and remembered when the business first began.

“Some of the Vaqueros here were at our first ribbon cutting at the little cottage at The Hodgepodge when we first started five years ago,” Lacey said. “Now we’re all grown up and in a big store and have a whole fabric store for the community, which is something that’s been a wonderful addition for the community as well as ourselves.”

Lacey said the store was an idea she and her daughter, Joi Santa Cruz, had 20 years ago.

Having a store where they could share snacks and ideas with people similar to them was part of the dream.

“It validates what we’re doing,” Lacey said. “We’re elated if somebody buys a $5 card. That means we can go out and spend $100 on paper. It’s cyclical energy. I get to be here every day with my daughter, working with fabric, and how good is that? We spend a lot of time together and we like each other.”

The Hodgepodge opens at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday. You can also visit The Hodgepodge on Facebook.

The Hodgepodge

From left front are Dave Chelf, Karin Naccarato, Amber Talbert, Joi Santa Cruz and Sandi Lacey. Back: Jason Gobin and Jennifer Leighton-Scanga..

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!

Salida Spartan Athletic Booster Club

The Salida Spartan Athletic Booster Club joined the Salida Chamber of Commerce and celebrated the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony during their Homecoming Tailgate Party. The purpose of the Salida Spartan Athletic Booster Club is to celebrate and support all Spartan athletes and coaches. They have been part of the community for many years and continue to uphold Salida traditions and strive to maintain school involvement. The Homecoming Bonfire, team and individual sports photos, and Back to School Night are just a few of the events that they are involved in. They sell Spartan merchandise to help promote Spartan Purple Pride. Their moto is “Shoulder to Shoulder, Side by Side, We Can Win with Spartan Pride!!”. The Salida Spartan Athletic Booster Club uses membership as one of the many ways they collect funds to help support our local athletics, in the form of team grants, athlete and coach dinners, and scholarships for graduating seniors. To Learn more about the Salida Spartan Athletic Booster Club visit their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SalidaSpartanAthleticBoosterClub/) or email ssabclub@gmail.com.

From left are Karen Nacarato, Barbara Pearson-Sawyer, Don’t know, Marcy Walker, Sam Collins, Gusty Weaver, Ryly Farney, Gay Hahn, Torrey Lengerich, Desiree Wilkins, Dave Potts, Donna Coupland and Diane Tucker.

The Speakeasy Vacation Rental

The Speakeasy Vacation Rental joined the Salida Chamber of Commerce and celebrated the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Owners, Julie Jackson and Pete Bernard, remodeled the 1200-foot condo, conveniently located above J² Softwear, in historic downtown Salida. The condo, originally built in 1899, is within walking distance to multiple restaurants, art galleries, shops, and the Arkansas River. The Speakeasy Vacation Rental has a rich Salida history, having been used in the past as a billiard hall, casino and was even rumored to be a speakeasy in the 1920’s. With 2 bedrooms and a sleeper sofa, the condo comfortably sleeps up to 6 people. The gorgeous kitchen, bathroom and deck add to the relaxing ambiance, making it the ideal place for your next vacation or staycation. To find out more, call Julie and Pete at 719-539-7539 or visit www.airbnb.com/rooms/19155794.

From left front are Dave Chelf, Jennifer Leighton-Scanga, Julie Jackson, Pete Bernard, Karin Naccarato. Back: Sam Johnson, Ken Leisher, Dave Potts, Pip Conrad, Gary Buchanan.

River Bend Mobile Wash and Detail

River Bend Mobile Wash & Detail joined Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce and celebrated the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Owner, Isaac Asbury, offers full service auto, boat, and RV detailing. Isaac is a mobile detailer, so he can work his magic in any location. Isaac is flexible and accommodating and he offers top level customer service and convenience. His competence and experience bring knowledge, technique, and quality to every “detail”. River Bend Mobile Wash & Detail also offers business building and entry washing to include all types of commercial & fleet vehicles. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call 970-576-2089.

FFrom left front are Gary Buchanan, Karin Naccarato, Tate Asbury (dog), April Asbury, Isaac Asbury, Donna Coupland, Ken Leisher, Michael Varnum. Back: Art Gentile, Jason Gobin, Terri Buchanan, Sam Johnson, Dave Chelf.

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Thanks for Reading

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