Business

6:00am

Wed April 23, 2014
APR Local News

High Rent, Heavy Regulation Pose Challenges For Young Entrepreneurs In Aspen

Just what is the business climate like in Aspen for young entrepreneurs? For some, setting up shop in the resort is just the right fit.
Credit Flickr/Libby Levi/opensource.com

This month, we’ve been examining what it takes to live and work in Aspen, and whether the middle class is being priced out. Today we focus on young entrepreneurs and the barriers they face when opening a business in Aspen. For some the high rents and seasonal business is worth it, while others were forced to move Downvalley to make it work, financially. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Bo Gallagher, 24, switches on a large dryer in his silk-screening store, Zapazoo Inkworks. Unlike a clothes dryer, this machine has a wide conveyer belt.

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8:13am

Mon April 14, 2014
APR Local News

Aspen Businesses Battle High Rent, Slow Off-Seasons To Operate Downtown

The corner of Galena Street and East Cooper Ave. in downtown Aspen is one of the hottest places for businesses to be.
Credit Marci Krivonen

All this week, we’re taking a look at the challenges of working and living in Aspen. To some it appears that Aspen is steadily pricing out middle class residents and would be future residents.  In our first report we go to the downtown core where businesses face rising rents and increasingly slow off-seasons.  To survive many retailers must cater almost exclusively to high-dollar customers. For some stores, the struggle is worth it. Others have all but given up. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has our story.

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12:18pm

Mon March 24, 2014
APR Local News

Downtown Business A Concern Ahead of Basalt Election

Downtown Basalt business owners would like to see new council members tackle the problem of a lack of business.
Credit www.basalt.net

Basalt’s municipal election is about one week away and five candidates are vying for three open seats on the Town board. One of the biggest issues is business. While downtown stores struggle, the new urban Willits area is busy. Mike Scanlon is Basalt’s Town Manager.

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3:28pm

Wed March 5, 2014
Mountain Edition

Mountain Edition - March 6th, 2014

Today, we’ll bring you the latest with the investigation into the murder of Aspen native Nancy Pfister.

Republicans and Democrats are whittling down the contenders for state and local elections this fall.

Aspen’s first recreational pot shop starts selling buds… and we find out how much Carbondale has made on marijuana taxes.

And we hear from a Paralympic coach who arrived in Sochi this week. With the international tensions in nearby Ukraine, we’ll hear how safe athletes are feeling.

12:07pm

Fri November 29, 2013
Holidays in the Valley

Get to Know Your Tree Salesman

Joey Sissom - Tree Salesman
Rob St. Mary

Based on historical evidence, evergreens livening up the Christmas celebrations date back to the 1400 or 1500s in Germany and Eastern Europe. Now, Joey Sissom hasn’t been selling Christmas trees in Aspen that long. But, he’s been doing it since 1978. While his tree lot has moved around a bit since he started 35 years ago, I caught him setting up in front of Clark’s Market in Aspen.

With over three-decades in the Christmas tree business, Sissom has a few things to share about what to consider if you are looking for the perfect "tannenbaum" for your celebrations.

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