Common Cents for Conservation

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.

Adventure Company
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.

AmicasAmicas 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.

SMSArlie 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.

BeadsongBeadsong   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.

The-Book-havenThe 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.


DvoraksDvorak’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.

FatteesFattees    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
Salida, CO  [email protected]

insight_logoInsight 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-currentIn 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-watersLifeStream 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-logoMonarch 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.

Palace-hotelThe 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.


SMSSalida 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.

Grand-Slam-DesignSusan 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.

sweetiesSweetie’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 made fresh on-site your enjoyment. If you need something more, you are in the right place for breakfast (served until 11 am) or 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. They also have soup, quiche, and fresh made bread.

If interested in becoming a Common Cents Conservation partner with Central Colorado Conservancy, please download this “frequently asked questions” guide to get started.

Help keep Central Colorado an amazing place to live, work and play for generations to come.

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Email Julie Richardson at [email protected]