The Common Cents for Conservation Program™ collects a 1% voluntary contribution on the sales receipts or invoices of participating businesses for Central Colorado Conservancy. The program is flexible and can be adopted to fit any business. Several of the businesses have adopted this model to work for them. Funds collected help support Central Colorado Conservancy’s mission of protecting important natural, agricultural, scenic and historic lands, and water resources in Lake, Chaffee, Fremont, Saguache and Park counties.
While Common Cents benefits residents of Central Colorado, the program also provides visitors with an easy way to help ensure that the landscapes and resources they’ve come to enjoy will be protected in perpetuity.
The following businesses are part of the Common Cents for Conservation Program. They play a significant role in conserving the land and water around us. Their participation in Common Cents is crucial to the Conservation’s work. Thank you for supporting these businesses. We sincerely appreciate it.
The Adventure Company 12847 U.S. Hwy 24, Buena Vista, CO 800-497-RAFT (7238)
The Adventure Company, founded in Breckenridge in 1987, offers whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas River and three other rivers. The Adventure Company earned its reputation for unsurpassed quality for rafting trips with premium features. This outfitter does not hire first-year raft guides and its least-experienced guides have four river seasons under their belts. The Adventure Company has beginner to advanced whitewater trips, including two- to five-day adventures. Combine a raft trip with fishing, kayaking, zip-lining, mountain biking or horseback riding, and enjoy an ultimate fajita buffet lunch.
Amicas Pizza & Microbrewery 127 F St., Salida, CO 719-539-5219
Amicas is known for its incredible wood-fired pizza, sandwiches and gluten-free options. Order a pizza as a full- or lunch-portion size or try a panini, calzone or beautiful salad. Top it off with an award-winning beer or root beer. Don’t miss desserts such as the Torta Di Seta, Tiramisu or Peanut Butter Mousse. Amicas is very generous in the community, sponsoring everything from bike races that benefit local nonprofits to providing lunches at Boys & Girls Club Salida.
Arlie Dale’s Jug Liquors 220 North F Street, Salida, CO 81201 719-539-0111
Arlie Dale’s Jug Liquors is the oldest liquor store in Salida. They offer an amazing selection of over 200 microbrews and imports and over 300 wines. Their selections include hand-crafted and Colorado produced liquors, plus rare wines and local favorites. You can check out their monthly specials or participate with the in-store wine tasting. Also, join the Jug Club Rewards Program to earn cash back on purchases. Jug Liquors is located in the heart of downtown Salida.
Beadsong 107 F St., Salida, CO 719-530-0110
Locally owned Beadsong has been in business for 20 years in Salida in the same location. Beadsong carries Czech glass, gemstones, fresh-water pearls, bone, wood, pewter, sterling silver, gold-filled, copper and many other types of beads. The shop offers books, tools, findings and friendly, helpful service. Having trouble with a beading project? Bring it in and Beadsong’s friendly and knowledgeable staff will help sort it out.
Beekeeper’s Honey Boutique 209 West 3rd St., Salida, CO 719-539-3443
For a sweet local experience, buzz on in to The Beekeeper’s Honey Boutique for your pure Colorado honey. This delicious treat is available raw filtered in clover, wildflower and alfalfa in sample jars, glass or plastic jars and even a large pail. Choose your honey in creamed or pure, in enticing flavors such as raspberry, orange blossom, chai spice and many more. Also pick up some honey comb, bee pollen, and honey stix, stirrers and candies. Shipping is available, too!
Benson’s Tavern & Beer Garden 128 North F St., Salida, CO 719-539-9391
Home of the Five Dollar lunch special, you will enjoy soaking up the sunshine on Benson’s beer garden patio and listening to a wide variety of live music. Dine on soups, salads, appetizers and specials such as fish and chips and gyros, sandwiches, build-your-own burgers and a daily lunch special that’s always just 5 bucks!
The Book Haven 135 F St., Salida, CO 719-539-9629
The Book Haven is an independent, locally owned bookstore in historic downtown Salida. The Book Haven’s cozy atmosphere is inviting to browse while enjoying a coffee or tea. Staffers are very helpful in finding just the right book and will happily order unusual, hard-to-find titles. New and used books, cards, calendars and a large selection of regional titles by nationally known local authors are available. Co-owner Lisa Marvel hosts numerous literary events, including the monthly Dies Librorum with authors reading their books. It’s a great evening of food, music and conversation.
Dvorak’s Expeditions 17921 U.S. Hwy 285, Nathrop, CO 800-824-3795
Join Colorado’s first licensed outfitter for some of the most exciting rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing trips offered on the Arkansas, Colorado, Dolores, Gunnison, Green, North Platte, Rio Grande and San Miguel rivers. Or perhaps you’d prefer an international rafting adventure in Uganda, Nepal, Costa Rica, Bolivia or New Zealand? Whatever river you choose, inevitably the quality of the experience is key on each of Dvorak’s trips, from its renowned guide-training program to trip preparation, food and equipment.
Fattees 115 F St., Salida, CO 719-539-4599
This is Colorado’s premier T-shirt shop and screenprinting service, and purveyors of unique and interesting garments worn around the world. Fattees is known for its fun-loving, humorous designs on shirts, hoodies, hats, stickers and more. Visit the store online or drop in.
Insight Database Design & Consulting is run by André R. Breton, Ph.D. The company offers services in the following areas: database design and implementation, database redesign, data normalization, data extraction for reporting and analysis, Microsoft Access query development, Visual Basic programming, SQL development, wildlife and fisheries study design and data analysis, peer-review publication, and professional writing and editing.
In the Current Imports 114 East 1st St., Salida, CO 719-539-2321
In the Current Imports owner Rebecca Durham has traveled far and wide to select beautiful clothing, jewelry, home décor and gifts. Shop, browse or learn about various cultures and their customs, and art from around the world, whether it’s jewelry from Turkey or wood carvings from Bali.
Kym & Hayden Mellsop – Pinon Real Estate Group 201 F St., Salida, CO 719-539-0200
When you’re ready to invest and purchase property in the Upper Arkansas Valley, Kym and Hayden will help you understand this beautiful area and find the perfect property to suit your needs, finances and lifestyle. The Mellsops have been in the valley for almost 20 years and are very involved in the community. When you’re looking for experienced, service-oriented Realtors, call Kym and Hayden.
LifeStream Water Systems 528 West 1st St., Salida, CO 719-530-0522
Lifestream offers top quality, value-priced water treatment equipment for health care, food service and industrial needs as well as a full line of compatible AER medical replacement filters. Addressing your specific water-treatment needs, Lifestream staff can assist in acquiring products that will allow you to achieve your water-quality goals.
The Maverick Potter 119 F Street, Salida 719-539-5112
The Maverick Potter opened in May of 2008 and is owned by Mark Rittmann and his wife Suzanne. Mark has a deep appreciation for pottery, his work has been shown in galleries in Oregon, Arizona, and Colorado. The Maverick Potter has a variety of pottery and other art by a select number of hand-picked artists. They also offer classes and workshops in clay. This is a perfect experience to bring out your inner artist or as a gift for a relative or friend.
Monarch Mountain 23715 West Hwy 50, Monarch, CO 719-530-5000
Families rule at this inexpensive ski area that has more of an old-time feel than a modern resort. Snow conditions are great at Monarch, just next to the Continental Divide, and access is easy. Monarch has everything from learn-to-ski programs to Cat skiing. Lift lines are short, mountains are steep and views are breathtaking.
The Palace Hotel 204 North F St., Salida, CO 719-207-4175
This new historic, boutique hotel established in 1909 in downtown Salida is footsteps from the Arkansas River and wonderful restaurants. The Palace Hotel’s elegance and Old West charm create a bastion of comfort and class. Here, vintage chic meets modern amenities in 14 genuinely considered suites. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Local plein air artist Joshua Been’s studio is in the lobby.
Salida Mountain Sports 110 North F St., Salida, CO 719-539-4400
Prepare for your excursions with a wide range of camping gear and outdoor clothing from this specialty sports store. Salida Mountain Sports specializes in products to meet all your needs. SMS has the service, experience and selection to take on the wilderness. From tuning to custom boot-fitting, SMS’ knowledgeable, highly experienced staffers are waiting to help. They are the real deal.
Susan Dunn, Grand Slam Design Buena Vista, CO 719-395-4099
Susan Dunn of Buena Vista designs unique and tasteful logos, brochures, signs, labels, ads, business cards and websites. Susan also works on identity, branding and packaging to represent and market clients’ intentions in the most authentic way.
Sweetie’s Bakery and Deli 124 F Street, Salida 719-539-4248
Indulge your sweet tooth with a wide selection of pastries, cookies, and bars. Each of them are made fresh on-site for your enjoyment. If you need something more, you are in the right place for a delicious hot or cold sandwich. Try one of their custom sandwiches, such as the Lone Star or the Windy City. Otherwise, you can select your own sandwich from their assortment of deli meats and salads. Sweetie’s also offers soup, quiche, and delicious, fresh made bread.
Western Native Seed P.O. Box 188, Coldale, CO 719-942-3935
Western Native Seed specializes in seeds of plants native to the Rocky Mountains, western Great Plains, and adjacent areas. They provide high quality seed for the native plant enthusiast and to promote the use of native plants for gardening, landscaping, and revegetation. In business for more than 20 years, Western Native Seed supplies a variety of different wildflower, grass, tree, shrub, and wetland species.
Woods High Mountain Distillery 144 West 1st St., Salida CO 719-207-4315
Visit the Woods High Mountain Distillery Tasting Room in downtown Salida and enjoy distilled and bottled small-batch handcrafted spirits that are made on-site and distributed in select locations in Colorado and the European Union. Founded by brothers PT and Lee Wood, who bottle their passion for outdoor adventures into spirits that shine with the essence of the mountains of Colorado. Enjoy a cocktail or dram and celebrate a little high mountain living!
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