Kremmling Chamber Chat


Wow, a lot can happen in one short week! I returned from vacation to find several BIG things had transpired while I was gone.

Let’s start with the exciting news, the newest restaurant in town, The Kitchen Table opened by Kum and Go. Their restaurant will be open 6 days a week, closed on Tuesdays. They have an extensive menu offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. My understanding is they opened to a packed house and even ran out of food the first day! We must have a bunch of hungry people in Kremmling!

Other exciting news is the much anticipated re-opening of The Middle Park Meat Company. After seeing some activity at the location, I stopped by to confirm that Mitch Lockhart is planning to re-open sometime in September. He doesn’t want to give a solid date as he wants to make sure that all of the renovations are done, and up to code, before they open the doors to the public.

Mitch also owns the Troublesome Meat Processing company, which gives him major street cred. Mitch mentioned that with the help of Harlan, (the former owner of the Middle Park Meat Company empire) he will be bringing back tried and true recipes from the past. He already got the bean recipe! Stay tuned for more info.

Walt and Maryann Van Lue are in the process of refurbishing the outside of the Hotel Eastin. You can see Walt in his crane everyday putting new beetle-kill siding on the front of the building. They also plan to paint the entire building and get new awnings. Maryann would not confirm the color, she would only tell me, “it’s a surprise, and it’s not going to be pink”. I wonder what color Zane Grey would pick?

Well I just received some more good news! Michelle Licha Oros, the welltraveled masseuse for the Joneses of Blue Valley Ranch is back in town. She will no longer be gallivanting around the world, but instead will be right here in Kremmling offering her services as a Certified Massage Therapist. Give her a call at 970-509-0348 to schedule an appointment.

Congratulations to our August Business of the Month, High Country Machine and Fabrication. Locals, Austin Sherman and Ryan Smith are the owner/ operators of the business that offers metal fabrication and machine shop certified welding as well as millwright services, trailer repair, and restoration. High Country Machine and Fabrication made the heavy duty tubes for the fireworks shot off at the 4th of July Fire up the Cliffs celebration. Thanks guys!

On the down side, there was a fire in the apartments attached to the Grand Old West restaurant. The good news is that nobody got hurt and the restaurant is still intact. We hope Mike and Shawn will be re-opening their doors soon!

The other devastating news was the death of a 27 year old cliff diver at Green Mountain Reservoir. My heart goes out to his family and friends. The once popular hotspot is now closed to any climbing, hanging out, jumping or diving.

If you have any new or exciting news about your business that you would like shared with our local community, please contact me at 970-724-3472.

Roadkill Supper update: Date:

Saturday, September 16th, 2017
Time: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Town Square
What: A fundraiser featuring delicious “wild game” dishes by local businesses and residents with live music, games, and a beer garden.
Recipients: Antlers for Orphans and the Mountain Family Center
Live Music:
Scott Stanten 4:00 – 6:30 and The Blue River Band 7:00 – 9 p.m.

Sponsor: Last Time ‘Round Thrift Shop (sponsoring live music by the Blue River Band), State Farm Insurance, the Grand Gazette, Triple V Designs, Grand Adventure Brew Company, Troublesome Meat Processing, the Middle Park Meat Company and Mountain Mamas.

If your business would like to be a sponsor or participate in the event, please let me know ASAP. I’m finalizing the poster today! You will also be able to hang a banner in Town Square and have a booth. Locals, if you would like to donate wild game or cook up a tasty dish, we would love to have you participate. There’s no charge for a booth.

We are also looking for local artisans that would like to display their wares in the park. The first 25 people get a FREE booth!

If you have brilliant ideas to make this a fun-filled event, please contact me at 970-724-3472. Someone suggested a costume contest where children and adults dress up like animals for prizes. I know there a lot of creative people in Kremmling and I can’t wait to hear your ideas.

Upcoming Events:

Friday Fests in Granby August 18, and September 1 from 2 pm – 7 pm. at Mountain Parks Electric 321 W. Agate Ave.

Come enjoy Granby’s version of a Farmer’s Market with fresh produce, artists, live music and much more! Admission is FREE. August 5th – 13th The Middle Park Fair and Rodeo It’s time to Cowgirl and Cowboy up for this Middle Park tradition. Come out and enjoy the animals, vendors, and various activities for a good ole’ country time! Pick up your Fair Book at the Kremmling Chamber.

August 19th – Get Smashed Demolition Derby MPFG 7 pm

Watch cars and trucks crash into each other with the last man standing winning the competition. Cheer for the best themed car and make sure to stick around for the fireworks! We are in the process of printing Kremmling, Demolition Derby, Get Smashed, T-shirts and hats through Mountain Mamas. You may want to buy yours before the event as I’m sure they will sell out!

August 20th – Colorado Headwaters Land Trust 2017 Annual Fundraiser at the B Lazy 2 Ranch (Engel Tent) in Fraser 2:30 – 5:30
Please join the CHLT at their familyfriendly annual celebration that includes dinner and drinks, live auction and paddle raiser, games and music. $60 for an adult, and $30 for a child (12 and under)

September 16th – Road Kill Supper 4 pm – 9 pm in Town Square Only in Kremmling.

Come sample “wild game” dishes and wash it down with an ice cold beer in Town Square. Vendors, live music, food, a beer garden, games and much more!

If you would like to help with the planning and organizing of this “new” event, please contact me at 970-724- 3472.

We’re looking for some delicious wild game dishes!

Calling all local businesses, Grand County Economic Development is once again offering a scholarship worth $1,500 to take part in the Jon Schallert Destination Bootcamp Training in Longmont, CO.,

September 12 -14, 2017.

This scholarship is available to 6 local businesses. 2 ½ days of training includes all training materials, breakfast and lunch. Dinners, lodging and travel expenses will be on your own. Must have less than 50 employees and less than $1 million in annual gross revenue to apply.

If you are interested, please contact the Chamber for more information!!!! The deadline to apply is August 15th Some local businesses that have attended include Gore Range Artisans Group, Flowers by Marcia, Ghostwood Interiors, Alpine Motor Sports, Los Amigos, Jilly’s, Adventures in Whitewater, Red Mountain RV Park, Muddy Creek Cabins, Wolford Campground, and more!!!!

I am taking names of people that would like to volunteer for the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo, Demolition Derby, and Roadkill Supper. You get FREE admission and a killer staff shirt!

Did you know August is National Thrift Shop month? Check out our local shop Last Time ‘Round for back to school items and more. A visitor this summer told me that it was “the best thrift store they had ever been in”, which I think speaks volumes for Monika Cary and her staff.

It has come to my attention that there has been a company soliciting people for some type of “local” community listing. This company is not doing it on behalf of the Chamber and I would be leery of it. Make sure to check out the fair this week. See you there!

Thanks & Happy Trails,

Shelly McManus Executive Director- KACOC