Vail Valley business briefs, March 4 |

Vail Valley business briefs, March 4

Daily Staff Reports
Vail, CO, Colorado

EAGLE ” The local Kitchen Tune-Up franchise, owned by locals Erik Brofos and Warren Lawrence, received several awards at the company’s national convention, held recently in Las Vegas. The local company ranked first in new cabinet sales, fifth in overall sales and also received the 2008 Platinum Sales Award for the largest sales increase.

Established in 1985, Kitchen Tune-Up has been Entrepreneur Magazine’s top-ranked remodeling franchise 19 years. The company offers kitchen and bath remodeling, including kitchen “tune-ups” wood reconditioning, cabinet refacing and custom cabinetry among other services. For more information, call 970-328-4004.

The Vail Valley Partnership has several things you should know about, including:

– The annual Lobster Blue Jean Party is set for April 17 at the Vail Chophouse, and basket donations are being sought.

For the last two years partial funding of this event has come from a basket vote. Once all baskets are collected and organized they will be posted on the partnership’s Web site. Once they are finalized and posted, people can buy tickets to vote for their favorite baskets up to April 17. Voting will be allowed and encouraged at the event. The night of the event, one vote will be drawn from each basket and the winners will take home their prizes.

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The individuals who take the baskets home aren’t the only winners ” the businesses that donate these baskets are winners, too. Basket description ” including the businesses that put them together, of course ” will be part of the event promotion and advertising. Photos and contents of the baskets will be posted on

Baskets should be valued at a minimum of $200. The more appealing a basket is, the more votes it will receive. The business that builds the top vote-getting basket will receive a one year Destination Alpine membership to the Vail Valley Partnership valued at $550.

For more information e-mail Ruthie Carlson at or call 970-477-4001.

– EveryScape virtual tours are now live on

EveryScape virtual tours provide eye-level, photographic content of the Vail Valley with an online tour. Walk through the streets and explore Vail Valley neighborhoods, attractions or town centers as if you were actually standing on the street and moving around on foot.

Member businesses are asked to review their listings for accuracy. Listings can be updated with business locations or other information by clicking on the “link to this page” tab in the right corner of the tour. For more information, e-mail Chris Romer at

– The Mountain Travel Symposium and the Vail Valley Partnership are offering a special rate to attend the symposium’s educational forum taking place April 1 – 2 in Keystone.

The forum has lined up several speakers talk about the current state of the mountain travel industry.

Vail Valley Partnership members can receive a special discounted rate of $395 (regularly $595) by registering online at and entering promo code MT9AP.

For more information e-mail

– Do you have a new email address? Have you moved your office? Have you checked your business listing on Are you a new member of the staff?

If you or your business associates are not receiving Vail Valley Partnership’s weekly e-newsletter, which is sent out every Wednesday, chances are the parthership may have an incorrect e-mail address. Has your physical or billing address changed in the last year?

If your business is a long-time partnership member, check out your business description on at the group’s Website. If your business description needs to be updated, let the folks at the partnership know about it. If you need your username and password, call Suzanne Sloan, 970-477-4009.

– March events. March 18: Business After Hours mixer at Marketplace on Meadow Drive in Vail Village, 5 to 7 p.m. Free to members.

The Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding another business forum Thursday, this one at Fiesta Jalisco restaurant, 701 Chambers in Eagle. The forum is from 1 ” 3 p.m.

Representatives from Highline Marketing Group will be on hand to talk about ways Eagle’s business community might be able to market itself to both the hometown audience and visitors.

For more information, call 970-328-5220.

NileGuide, which bills itself as “the Web’s first one-stop-shop for custom trip planning,” has just launched Vail as an official destination.

NileGuide combines personalized travel recommendations, integrated planning and booking tools, and a free downloadable custom guidebook. NileGuide users are now able to plan a complete trip to Vail all in one place, while local residents can use the search tools to find bars, restaurants, and activities.

To learn more, go to

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