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Daily Staff ReportsVail, CO, Colorado

EDWARDS Suzi Apple, owner of Gateway Land and Development, a 15-year Vail Valley real estate company, recently announced that longtime local and real estate veteran Jo Ellen Nash and Nash & Co., are joining forces with Gateway.Nash established Nash & Co. in 1994. It has become one of the valleys best-known luxury real estate companies. Nash said shes going to devote more time to an office she recently opened in Naples, Fla.I am excited to be moving my operations over to Gateway for a number of very good reasons, Nash said. Our companies are like-minded we are both committed to the Vail Valley and dedicated to providing client service with integrity, honesty and a high level of expertise.Nash and broker-partner Jennifer Low, along with their administrative team, will be based out of Gateways Edwards office. In other Gateway news, brokers Julie Scott and Heather Stolz have joined the company.Scott has been a full-time Eagle County resident for more than a decade. After more than 10 years as an interior designer, Julie earned her real estate brokers license and, prior to Gateway, dove into the real estate sales industry at RE/MAX.Stolz brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Gateway. As chairman of the Vail Board of Realtors Education Committee, Stolz was the first real estate agent in the Vail Valley to earn the Resort and Second Home Property Specialist certification.For more information, call 970-926-6777.

EAGLE The new Mommy & Me Boutique in Eagle Ranch Village is something new to the valley: aan upscale consignment and gift shop geared specifically toward infants, children and maternity.For us, the term upscale doesnt necessarily mean designer or expensive so much as the actual condition of the articles, managing partner Ivy Peplinkski said. Consignment items in our store must be in excellent condition to be accepted for sale. Were hoping to fill a niche not only for the growing number of young families here but throughout the valley.The growing number of young families in Eagle led to locating Mommy & Me Boutique in Eagle Ranch Village. In addition to consignments, Mommy & Me Boutique also will carry retail items including clothing and accessories for kids and moms, as well as purses, jewelry and other gift items. Mommy & Me Boutique will carry lines from Lollybean, Rowdy Sprout vintage onesies, diaper bags from Kalencom and Tummy Ts maternity wear.For information and appointment hours, call Mommy & Me Boutique at 970-328-5566, or e-mail mommyandmeboutique@comcast.net.

VAIL Sonnenalp Resort of Vail employees will be doing a lot of volunteer work in the next week.During a week of low occupancy for the resort, the Sonnenalp is asking every department to schedule its employees for one less day at work and schedule them for eight paid hours in the community.In organizing Sonnenalp Serves Week, the resorts community involvement committee has worked with local nonprofit organizations to identify 18 projects that could use a helping hand. Employees can choose any one based on their interests. Sonnenalp owners Johannes and Rosana Faessler are well known for their own community service. The goal for Sonnenalp Serves week is to get every employee involved.Projects include: Salvation Army Canteen training. Earth Day Party for the Planet. Latino Summit Fundraiser. Pet adopt-a-thon. Salvation Army Volunteer Recognition Party. Meet the Wilderness Climbing Wall Cleaning. Projects for senior citizens. Loaves and Fishes Community Dinner. Habitat for Humanity Outlet projects.For more information, call 970-476-5656.

EDWARDS Jennifer Beatty of Slifer Designs recently earned certification in the Leadership in Energy Efficient Design from the U.S. Green Building Council. The certification process provides a standard for professionals in the design and construction of high-performance, healthful, durable, affordable and environmentally sound commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings. Beatty passed the New Construction exam and has plans in the future to take the Existing Buildings and New Homesexams, the latter of which is in the process of being written.This achievement comes with the support of Slifer Designs, my colleagues and my passion for green design, Beatty said. As the leader of our in-house Green Team, becoming LEED certified was a personal goal for me. I look forward to sharing my new knowledge with our clients and anticipate that it will encourage more green projects to come our way.Jim Dawkins, vice president of Slifer Designs Interior Architecture Department, said clients working with Beatty can receive an automatic LEED point on their projects.This certification distinguishes us within the industry locally and positions us to act as a steward for (the national councils) green building standards and point system, Dawkins said. Additional points can be accrued through Jennifers advice throughout the design process. It is crucial to have her input from the start.Matt Scherr, executive director of the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, said interior design has a great effect on the health and comfort of a home. And LEED-accredited professionals on staff help a design firm ensure a clients sustainability objectives are met, Scherr said.Slifer Designs is a member of the green building council and Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability as well as a sponsor of the Healthy Homes Tour. For more information, call Jennifer Beatty at 970-926-8200.


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