Business briefs: New businesses at Eagle Ranch |

Business briefs: New businesses at Eagle Ranch

Daily Staff ReportsVail, CO, Colorado

In the past few months, several new shops and businesses have opened in Eagle Ranch Village in Eagle.Since opening in September, the new Starbucks location, in the center of Eagle Ranch Village, draws folks from the surrounding neighborhoods.Starbucks store manager Katherine Esch said the place is popular with residents. We see people having meetings here, parents coming in with younger children and kids getting frappucinos after school, Esch said.Next door to Starbucks, Fusion Hair Studio opened this fall. The four stylists and first-time business partners formerly worked together at an Edwards salon and have more than 40 years of experience among them. It’s been very busy with lots of new Eagle Ranch clients who can literally walk here from their homes, stylist Leigh Tarrant said. While welcoming new clients, Tarrant said many of the stylists longtime clients have followed them to Eagle. The Fusion team of Tarrant, Vicki Groblebe, Tammy Butler and Megan Velez provide service for the entire family, and a nail salon will open soon. Wedding parties are a specialty. The Skin Deep Spa, a valley business since 1996, also recently opened on Gambel Street. The spa provides medical-grade peels, laser treatments and customized facials by licensed technicians. Waxing, massages, body wraps and scrubs also are available. Skin Deep also sells its own line of skin-care products, SunSmart, especially formulated by a chemist to protect skin at high altitude. The new Eagle Ranch Fitness Club opened last summer on Sylvan Lake Road in the village and already has more than 240 members.The club has a variety of exercise classes, workout machines and free weights. There is also a child-care room. Club manager and 18-year valley resident Michele Keane was instrumental in developing a comprehensive wellness regime for the Spa Fitness Centers and Holiday Health Clubs in Denver.

Michele Huyke, the managing partner of Rimini Gelato of Beaver Creek and Vail recently announced the company is offering grants of its products to every nonprofit organization, school and church in the valley. Heres how it works: Rimini will provide chocolate and gelato worth between $500 and $1,000 to an organization, as well as raffle tickets. The organization can raffle off the product, or put it up for silent auction, to raise money.All these organizations are doing outstanding work, whether it is to feed the poor, fight addictions, provide youth services, work to save the environment, improve our healthcare, prevent abuse, be it child or animal, and in countless other ways, Huyke said. Eagle County residents give time, money and passion. We are thankful and grateful, and want to do our part too.Ira Brody, one of the investors in Rimini, has designed and implemented fundraising and development programs for the United Way, The American Heart Association,The American Cancer Society and other nonprofits. Brody will provide organizations will free advice how to get the most out of Riminis product donations. More than 250 letters have gone out to Eagle County nonprofits and churches but Huyke doesnt want to miss anyone. To receive an application, write to Rimini, P.O. Box 1436, Vail, or email: and a pre-approved application form will be sent out.

Michael Landreth, owner of Landreth Ranch & Land Company was recently named the 2008 National President of the Realtors Land Institute. In a speech to the groups annual convention in Las Vegas last month, Landreth said education is the key to best serving consumers in this market. The real estate market demands ever-greater land brokerage expertise, especially as economic conditions change and government regulations become more and more complex, said Landreth.Landreth is a licensed broker in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. His business is focused on finding recreational retreats, working ranches and large-parcel development land for affluent buyers. To learn more, call 328-5007.

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