Inside the House column: Thanking and celebrating our local businesses and communities throughout the season

Resilient. Creative. Authentic. The heart of our community. These are some of the words that come to mind when we think about our local businesses. They are a big part of what makes Glenwood Springs special and unique.

With the holiday season almost upon us, we would like to express our deepest appreciation to our members for being a part of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. Their valuable and essential investment allows us to focus on our mission to help the business thrive and our vision of making Glenwood Springs an ideal mountain community. Thanks to our joint efforts, Glenwood Springs is a better place to live, work, play and do business year-round. In the winter season, some even think our little mountain town looks like a Hallmark Christmas movie.

With various accolades as one of “The 40 Most Beautiful Cities to Visit During Winter” by Countryside life or The Hotel Colorado presented as one AAA Colorado “Hallmark Holiday Hotels”, there is much to enjoy and experience in Glenwood Springs. Returning for a second year, Winter Wonderland is a community celebration that goes on through New Years. Enjoy dazzling displays of light and decoration in homes and businesses across the city; a variety of large and small events; and a Christmas decorating contest for homes and businesses.

A featured event of Winter Wonderland is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our community. Join the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and organizations across the country by shopping at locally owned small independent businesses. The community is encouraged to stop by the Glenwood Springs Visitor Center for a shopping launch event at 802 Grand Ave. on Saturday, November 26 anytime between 10am and 2pm to enjoy holiday treats. Grab a Small Business Saturday shopping bag with a list of Small Business Saturday events and other SWAGs. Five random shopping bags will be filled with $100 in Glenwood Gold!

Initiated in 2010 and officially co-sponsored by the Small Business Administration since 2011, Small Business Saturday has become an important part of small business’ busiest shopping season. Historically, predicted spending reported among U.S. consumers who shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturdays reached an estimated $23.3 billion. You may not realize it, but every time you grab a cup of coffee from your favorite neighborhood coffee shop or purchase a gift from a local artist’s online store, shop small and make a difference.

We look forward to supporting and celebrating our local businesses throughout the season. To learn more, visit

Sara (Schell) Teel is director of marketing and membership development for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

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