Online 2019 Discover Visitors Guide to the ‘Cliffs
Silver Cliff, Westcliffe and Custer County Colorado
Between the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the beautiful Wet Mountains of the San Isabel National Forest, our Wet Mountain Valley is home to many who find opportunities for business as well as a wonderful quality of life. The Custer County Chamber of Commerce makes a strong presence in the community; supporting business with inquiry contacts promoting the area, business education, opportunities to present your business locally and regionally, networking and fun through Chamber-sponsored events, as well as working with other organizations to further business and tourism to our area.
About The Area
Nestled between the Wet Mountains and the Sangre de Cristo Range are the scenic towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff. This valley is a peaceful home for residents and a glorious get-a-way for the thousands of visitors who discover this well-kept secret.
The majestic peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains provide a panoramic backdrop for the area. It is a year-round playground for fishermen, horseback riders, cross-country skiers, hikers and climbers.
Nickname: Centennial State
Largest City: Denver
Motto: Nothing Without Providence
State Bird: Lark Bunting
State Flower: Rocky Mountain Columbine
State Tree: Colorado Blue Spruce
Highest Elevation: Mount Elbert, 14,433 Ft
1803 – The United States buys present-day eastern & central Colorado from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase
1848 – Mexico cedes the territory that is now western & southern Colorado to the United States following the end of the Mexican War
1876 – Colorado became the 38th State in the Union
Chamber Membership Annual Meeting and Citizen of the Year Award Presentation
February 27, 2020
5 pm at The Saddle Club
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Custer County Chamber of Commerce
Spotlight Business of the Week
Groom with a View
Clients of Katie Johnson, owner and groomer at Groom With A View in Custer County, leave their appointments happy and well-manicured. Johnson makes sure that each loved one entrusted in her care is given love and attention.
Johnson was a nurse for quite a few years before deciding to return to grooming our four-legged fur babies instead. “I trained under a master groomer in Minnesota who bred and showed Afghan hounds. That’s where I cut my teeth in learning how to brush dogs. I would have stuck with grooming, but I was attacked by a dog. I almost lost my eye. So, that’s when I decided to go to nursing school. I then went to get my LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) and practiced as one for a while. In Minnesota, if you are an LPN, you don’t have to wait as long to get into the RN (Registered Nurse) program. We ended up moving to New Mexico because I got a sign-on bonus for a job in Albuquerque.” It was there that she worked as a surgical care nurse for four years. “We then moved here. I wasn’t keen on driving to Pueblo or Salida to work down there, so I decided to get back into grooming.” She started working for a groomer and worked there for two years and decided to move her business to Westcliffe. It has been four years now that she has owned Groom With A View.
The services Johnson offers include ala carte. “I am happy to let them come in for an eyebrow trim or get their bottom cleaned up. We also do full grooming. We also see big guys, too.” She further explained that when grooming, they do a haircut, their nails, their ears, bathe them and dry them, then do a haircut again. “That helps them get all smooth. I go through everyone twice. I do also allow people to do self-serve. They can come in and bathe their own dog. We don’t have many that do that, but we offer it.” Johnson also stated that she is regularly inspected and licensed through Pet and Animal Care Facilities (PACFA). “They come through once a year unannounced and inspect. They make sure everything is clean and the blades aren’t rusted, stuff like that. So far so good on all my inspections which is fantastic! This is a lot more fun than I had being a nurse.” Dr. Julie Sperry is the veterinarian she uses for her business. The services she offers and her education definitely sets her apart from other groomers.
If there is a fur baby you have that has a bad experience with a groomer, Johnson is not concerned. Sometimes, it takes a little while and it is worth another try. “I am not a fan of muzzling dogs. I am already taking away their flight by tying them to something, if you take away their fight, it makes them even more afraid because they can’t defend themselves at all.”
Johnson is very involved with the community through her business. She sponsors Lady Bobcat Basketball, the Kid’s Triathlon, free grooming if someone finds a dog. “It can be quite a transformation. After a grooming, they have a greater chance of being adopted.” Johnson also sponsors tables during the Valley Strong dinner each year. She also sponsors the Boy Scouts, the dog park in Silver Cliff, as well as senior pictures each year. Johnson also sponsors the Cloverbuds (junior 4-H).
To bring in FiFi or Fido, please contact Johnson at 719-285-5600, or on Facebook.
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