Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
Updates and Member Promotions

Next Chamber Board mtg Tuesday, 12/10

The next Chamber Board of Directors meeting will be Tuesday, December 10th, from 8:00am to 9:00am.  The Board meeting will be held in the conference room of Centennial Real Estate located at 1020 N. Poplar.

Any members are welcome to attend, and if any member has questions or concerns they would like raised at this or any other Board meeting, please contact a Board member or the Chamber Director at 486-3900

New Chamber Members!

Please welcome the following new members to the Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce...

-- Community Threads.  Please welcome Smokey Burgess and his staff at Community Threads, located at 504 Harrison Ave, as Chamber of Commerce members.  Whether you are looking to buy or sell clothing, seasonal outerwear, and accessories on consignment, stop into Community Threads for great deals as the holidays get closer.
-- Dependable Auto Glass.  Aaron Hardee, owner of Dependable Auto Glass, invites you to contact him for all of your auto and vehicle glass needs.  His shop is located at the south end of Harrison at 115 Elm Street and you can always reach him at 719-427-0020.
-- Allstate Insurance.  Leadville and Lake County now has a new full-service insurance provider to turn to with Allstate Insurance.  Jack Saunders has opened a local Allstate office at 500 McWethy Drive, at the western end of W. 6th Street.  Call him today at 719-486-3800 for any of your insurance needs.
-- Encore Home and Appliance.  Operating one of the few establishments in Lake County where you can go to fulfill your home and appliance needs, Jaime and Jo Ann Stuever have proven themselves as successful business owners who also desire to play a strong role our community.  Located at 800 Poplar Street, visit or call them at 719-486-3606, to check out their current inventory and deals.

The Twin Lakes Inn invites you to dine

The Twin Lakes Inn is keeping things going this season with their Sunday brunches, so plan a ride down to Twin Lakes this holiday season with family or friends for a great brunch in a beautiful setting.

Also don't forget that every Thursday evening the Twin Lakes Inn offers Dinner and a Movie in their mini-theatre set up with a new movie every week.  Call them at 719-486-7965 for the week's movie title and menu.


Get your Mexican food fix! The Grill reopens after its fall break this Friday!

Missed your favorite tacos, enchiladas, and margaritas?  Don't worry because The Grill Bar and Cafe is re-opening after a short fall break this Friday, November 29th.  Whether after the the Lighting of the Lights celebration this Friday or anytime, The Grill is a great place to stop by for good food.

Director's Corner

Hello Members,
First and foremost, as Director of the Chamber, I would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.  I hope that everyone has a lot to be thankful for, and please consider some act of kindness this holiday season toward someone (or many someones) who may not be as fortunate as yourself.  As Rachel's Challenge highighted, this spirit of kindness can and should be cantagious and will spread.

The Chamber is again proud to be a part of putting together holiday events that will highlight Leadville and Lake County.  Please encourage friends, family members, and out-of-towners to enjoy what there is to offer here as part of this holiday season.  Both the Lighting of the City and County Lights on 11/29 and the Parade of Lights on 12/7 should be events that attract people to downtown Leadville and the County as a whole.

I would like to thank sponsors for this event as well as others who are helping to make these holiday events happen...  Alco, the City of Leadville, Curt Cooper, Max Duarte, Encore Home & Applance, the Herald Democrat, Lake County, the Leadville Lions, LeadvilleToday.com, Peoples Bank, Dean Routh, and Safeway.

Thank you for being a member of the Chamber of Commerce and for purchasing the local products and services of your fellow Chamber members.  Remember, SHOP LOCAL! during this holiday season whenever you possibly can.
Jeff McGuinness

Next Business After Hours! Thursday, December 12th at Peoples Bank

Please plan on attending the next Business After Hours which will be co-hosted by Peoples Bank, The Lake County County Economic Development Corporation and Stewart Title.  Peoples Bank is located at 400 Harrison Avenue.

PLEASE NOTE: The B.A.H. in December is also held earlier due to the holidays, so remember that the date will be Thursday, December 12th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. 

Plan on attending and joining your fellow Chamber members and their guests for one of the most festive business networking and socializing events of the holidays.  Mark your calendar for December 12th and enjoy the celebration, good cheer and good company.

If you will be attending, please RSVP to the Chamber at 719-486-3900 or leadville@leadvilleusa.com .

Check out the attached flyer, and we'll see you there!


Leadville and Lake County will Light the Holiday Lights this Friday!

Come one, come all to witness the City and County buildings, as well as many Harrison Ave windows, get lit up this Friday, November 29th at 5:30pm.

The City of Leadville and Lake County will simultaneously light their holiday displays this Friday evening and businesses who have decorated will also be asked to 'throw the switch' around this time to kick off the holiday season.  Any businesses along Harrison Avenue who have the ability are also being asked to stay open until 7pm this Friday for local and visiting Black Friday shoppers.

Also this evening, the City of Leadville is planning a reception at City Hall beginning at 5:30pm.  There will be cookies and hot chocolate and the City building will be abundantly decorated for the season.  They have also re-done some of the City's historical dislays inside the building and the public is invited to stop by and check them out.

Please consider stopping by some of our local businesses this Friday to SHOP LOCAL and help keep our Lake County business community strong.

...and don't forget the holiday Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 7th!

...and who is that I hear up on the rooftop?  Bring your family, friends, and children to see Santa and Mrs. Claus roll into town with the Leadville Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 7th beginning at 5:30pm on Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville.

Last year's Parade of Lights was great with 22 lighted floats and vehicles, and a bundle of welcome snowfall, and we are hoping for even greater success this year.  For a great look at last year's Parade, and to get everyone excited for this year's, Kathy Bedell of LeadvilleToday.com did an awesome job assembling a video that has been posted on YouTube of the 2012 parade.  A big Thank You to Kathy!  Here is a link to that video...

Beginning at 5:30pm, the Parade of Lights will start down Harrison Avenue at 9th Street and continue to 3rd Street.  We plan to have even more entrants than last year and we are hoping the early season snowfall continues to make this a great evening.  After the parade Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be taking requests from children at the Courthouse and cookies and hot chocolate will be available on the Courthouse lawn.  There will also be Christmas Karaoke provided by Curt Cooper (a big Thank You to Curt as well!) and the singing of carols in front of the Courthouse.

There is still time to Enter the Parade!  Entry forms are available at the Visitor Center at 809 Harrison Avenue, or you can download them from the home page of the Chamber's website, www.leadvilleusa.com .

So please plan on coming downtown to the Parade of Lights on December 7th!

...and don't forget the Business and Residential Holiday Lighting Contests!

Finally, don't let all that hard work and balancing on ladders and high electric bills go to waste!  Consider placing your business or house on our holiday map of the 'best dressed' properties in Leadville.  Whether you want to be a part of the contest or simply create a wider audience for your holiday decorations (as if having enough mini-lights to be seen from space was not enough) please consider filling out one of these forms and let it be known that your location is decked out for the holidays.

As part of this Business Holiday Lighting Contest and Residential Holiday Lighting Contest, maps of decorated locations throughout Lake County will be available in both the Herald Democrat and on LeadvilleToday.com after the registration deadline.  So impress Leadville and Lake County with your holiday decorating skills and entertain the 'light-peepers' around town who want to take a look at and appreciate your holiday handiwork.  Entry forms for both the Business and Residential lighting contests are also available at the visitor center or on the Chamber's website.

Make the holidays in Leadville this year bright!  Join in with your fellow community members and decorate and celebrate as we enjoy the holidays and encourage visitors to come to our fine Victorian town and celebrate with us.
Chamber Announcements - Tuesday, November 26th, 2013