September 25, 2017

ACI Focus Tour Breakfast

The Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a breakfast on September 7, 2017 on the ACI Focus Tour (times and locations TBA).

The New Mexico Association of Commerce & Industry will be conducting a statewide tour, in partnership with local chambers, to meet with business and community leaders across New Mexico during its two-week Fall 2017 FOCUS Tour.

ACI wants to meet and hear from the business community about what most concerns you individually and collectively. Your input and feedback will contribute to ACI’s policy agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Our goal is to listen to business owners and learn more about the most pressing business issues that they are facing.

We, The Board Of Directors Of The Angel Fire Chamber Of Commerce Know Jo

Written By

John Hail, Dr. Jennifer Fitch, Wende Woolley, Brenda Johnson, Johnese Turri, Daniel Serna, Nita Jones, Chuck Howe & Cathe Moon

This Chamber Board would like for you to know Jo the way we know Jo. We recently honored her (it was a surprise that we had a hard time keeping from her!)
at our quarterly membership breakfast meeting by giving her a plaque, a bonus and a raise. Plus we have listed her accomplishments as President and CEO of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

  • In 6 years time she has brought the Chamber from a $20,000 deficit to this amount in the black.
  • She has grown the membership from 53 members to 200 and introduced new levels of membership to expand the member base.
  • She started “I Know Jo” articles in 2011 as an effort to get to know the membership. These articles have been featured in publications nationwide including the US Chamber Newsletter. She has been published more than 642 times.
  • She started the Monday e-blasts to help advertise Angel Fire in 2012 with 38 subscribers and now has over 8000 subscribers from all over the US and some in France, Chile, Canada, Mexico & Italy.
  • 2012 – She and Karen Kelly, created and wrote a grant for the Village of Angel Fire entitled “Get your Wild on in Angel Fire” to the State Tourism Department. The village was award the highest amount ever given for a tourism campaign of $40,000. This campaign was awarded the Tourism Tiara Award for “Collaboration of the Year” in 2013.
  • As a member of Northern NM Tourism Region Board of Directors, with permission from the Chamber Board, she worked with the State Tourism Secretary to have Angel Fire moved into the Central Tourism Region with the other alpine areas instead of the non-alpine ski communities tourism district.
  • She sat on the Enchanted Circle Marketing Co-op board from 2011-2014. She helped to change the membership levels allowing more than chambers, visitors centers and villages to be members.
  • 2012-2015 She sat on the Village Sustainability Committee. She was a part of the team who successfully started the original recycle center, brought plastic recycle in and purchased the glass crusher. She ran the community wide spring & fall clean-ups until Angel Fire Proud took them over.
  • In 2012 she held the first “Thank you Dinner” for Chamber members – free of charge. She always has a theme at Chamber events with interactive board and audience participation guaranteed for fun evenings
  • She started Business after Hours in 2011 with record attendances of 167 people in the summer of 2014
  • She ran the Community-wide Flea Market from 2011-2015
  • She hosted Crash the course walk/run at the golf course 2013-2014
  • She helped sponsor the Angel Fire Summerfest Balloon Rally 2010-2012
  • She started the Chamber Cash Mob in 2014 designed to bring money into local businesses.
  • She hosted holiday decorating contests to encourage businesses to light up for the holidays 2012-2015 and is now joining with the Resort, Garden Club, and the Village to encourage businesses to “light up for the holidays” in 2017
  • She conceived the idea for Habla Tamale Cook-off & Festival. The first festival year she expected to sell 250 tickets and sold 1200, this year’s event saw record numbers and sold 1675 tickets.
  • She was key, with Anna Phillips, in working toward Colfax County Chamber of Commerce Coalition initiative to unite and join rural chambers together as one voice
  • She started the 12 Days of Christmas raffle that got the entire village involved. We gave away 78 gifts worth at least $50.00 a piece with a Grand prize of $500.
  • She is current chair of Art Up Northern New Mexico, formerly known as Moreno Valley Arts Council. Teamed with the Angel Fire Resort, she is in charge the non-food vendors at the Art & Farmers Market and has started the first Angel Fire Studio Tour in 2017.
  • 2011 to present – She is a member of New Mexico Chamber Executive Association. In 2016 she was elected to the Board of Directors – 2016 Secretary, 2017 Vice President and is incoming President. She represents Angel Fire heavily during legislation in Santa Fe.
  • She has been attending school for 4 years and will graduate in January 2018 with her IOM, equivalent to a Master’s in non-profit organizational management.
  • This year she is promoting a fun new project to push people into businesses #AngelFireRocks and is currently organizing a huge volunteer appreciation event called “I AM ANGEL FIRE”.
  • She worked tirelessly to help bring a pharmacy to Angel Fire and continues to work towards a high altitude training center coming to our village.
  • Plus she has been nominated for the New Mexico state “Ethics in Business Award” 2017

Jo is always coming up with new ideas and projects to help the Angel Fire businesses and the surrounding areas. She refuses to bend issues of integrity and will stand for her membership, no matter the consequences. Her actions prove how much she cares about Angel Fire and she does it without wanting or needing recognition. We believe she is a true asset to Angel Fire, NM. and we stand behind her 100%.

Angel Fire Chamber Rocks

#AngelFireChamberRocks

Be on the lookout for painted rocks that are popping up all over Angel Fire! If you see one, pick it up and see which business is on the back. Take the rock to the participating business to redeem for a gift!

For a sample of some of the rocks visit #AngelFireChamberRocks.

2017 Art & Farmer’s Market Update

For the second summer, one of the absolute best new venues in Angel Fire is the Sunday Art + Farmer’s Market in Frontier Park. It is so nice to experience the sites and smells and sounds of a fresh outdoor market. Added are many other organic treats, local and regional artisans, a kid’s zone, made to order foods, and music to shop by. The atmosphere is enticing, as well as engaging. It gives all who participate the opportunity to connect with art, music, and food!

This year the Angel Fire Resort has hired Jennifer Helsel to coordinate all that is edible at the market. She also coordinates the Saturday Taos Farmers Market and has run a few in Albuquerque. The original concept of this weekly Farmer’s Market is to allow local and regional farmers a place to sell their goods in Angel Fire, as if they were on the side of the road, but in a more convenient spot and where consumers would know they would be selling, on a consistent schedule.

The cornerstone produce vendor is Jerry Neal. He is based out of Chama, New Mexico. Jerry brings in freshly picked produce from various farmers in New Mexico and Colorado, around the Palisades and Grand Junction area. His cantaloupes and watermelons are from Pecos and Midland Texas. (I was excited to see yellow meated watermelons! They are so sweet and have that melt in your mouth goodness!) Jerry said he had worked construction for years in the blistering heat of Texas, when his daughter suggested he come to New Mexico where she lived, to cool down and set up a side of the road watermelon stand. So that is exactly what he did. The first truck load he brought sold out in a matter of hours. He still sells out of his stand, close to Farmington, NM and has added more fruits and vegetables and has great success selling in Angel Fire.

You’ll also find many other fresh food products including organic eggs, gluten free breads, coffee cakes, cookies, sconces, cupcakes, jellies and jams and cheeses, fresh beef and of course fresh roasted green chiles.

This year the Resort has teamed up with Art Up Northern New Mexico to sponsor and coordinate all things art or not edible, with a large scale of homemade products. Your shopping experience may include skincare products that are made from the vendor’s own herb and flower gardens, homemade doggie treats, massage by the minute, fresh flowers, pottery, jewelry, handbags, and art made from wood, metal, oils, watercolor, fabric, pinecones and/or glass.

Photos courtesy of Jo Mixon and the Angel Fire Resort.

Then after you load up on fruits and vegetables, fresh roasted Hatch green chiles and other wonderful items for the week, wander over to the Kids Zone for free face painting and or relax on the giant beanbag chairs! You will be delighted to know all ages are welcome to get their faces painted. The face painters use vegan non-toxic water soluble hypo allergenic paint. Cassandra, head face painter, said, “It is the happiest paint in the world! We use only happy paint.” Well that makes me happy! And now included at the Art & Farmer’s Market is free yoga at 11:00 am. That makes me happy, too.

There are only 3 Sundays left to shop and enjoy the Art + Farmer’s Market, so make plans to attend. If you have any questions or would like to set up a booth and become part of this awesome Sunday market, there is plenty of room for you! Food vendors visit http://www.angelfirecoolsummer.com/market/, all other vendors visit http://artup-nnm.org/programs/art-farmers-market/ to fill out an application.

Maybe I’ll see you there!

Art + Farmer’s Market
Frontier Park Plaza
Angel Fire, NM
Sunday’s thru September 3, 2017
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Event Sponsors: Angel Fire Resort, ReMax Mountain Realty of Angel Fire, Art Up Northern New Mexico, Washington Federal and Lowe’s Markets

Chamber News August 07, 2017

By Jo Mixon

This year has been full of changes. First we changed our fiscal year at the Chamber to the calendar year January thru December. In doing so Chamber membership fees went from being due on anniversary dates, to all being due January 1. The annual member meeting/dinner, board of directors election and the annual board retreat also changed dates according to our by-laws. Having past the first 6 months of 2017, I’d like to report this was a good decision for the Chamber. We have added a few events and activities to the calendar year too. These are fun changes.

The 12 Days of Christmas Raffle was such a success, it will definitely be held again this year. Gather your donations and bring them into the Chamber!

The Habla Tamale Cook-off and Festival will become an annual staple for Angel Fire and we have plans to broaden and expand. In 2018 Habla Tamale will become a 2-day event. The first day will be the New Mexico State Tamale Cook-off, as we have done in the past and we are going to add an Enchilada Cook-off in the afternoon. The second day we hope to have a National Tamale Cook-off Contest. We will be reaching out to winners of other state Tamale Cook-off’s to invite them to participate against the New Mexico State Champions. Plus we will add a Salsa Competition in the afternoon and more festival vendors, so make sure to put it on your 2018 calendar. When you do, please make a note that the date is changing back to our original dates in August. After having surveyed our contestants and vendors, the majority asked to move it back to August instead of having it on the Father’s Day weekend in June. So we will. We had thought about the 2nd week in August, but after checking calendars, there are 2 other festivals in the area on that week end. So mark your calendars for Habla Tamale to be the first weekend, August 4-5, 2018. Plan to enter and/or attend! Applications for entry will be on www.hablatamale.com and www.angelfirechamber.org the first of October, 2017

This month we have begun #AngelFireChamberRocks. It’s a fun colorful rock painting and hiding (in plain sight) activity designed to bring people into our local businesses and produce smiles and customers. (See #AngelFireChamberRocks)

Next, in early September, we are organizing an area wide Volunteer Appreciation Picnic called “I Am Angel Fire”. We are joining forces with other non-profits and businesses to say thank-you to all of the volunteers who make Angel Fire events and activities a success! Countless hours and talent are put into events and we want to say exactly how much we appreciate the hard work. Each and every volunteer IS Angel Fire! Look for more information coming soon.

The last weekend in September, Art Up Northern New Mexico will stage an Angel Fire Studio Tour. Artist that are interested may sign up now. Any local businesses that would like to be on the brochure map may call 575-377-6353 for more information. Deadline for entry is August 11, 2017.

For the Holiday season, we are joining forces with the Resort, the Village and the Garden Club in the Holiday Lighting initiative. We asking businesses to “Light Up” in white lights. Please plan to attend the Quarterly Membership Breakfast meeting August 22, 8:00 am to 9:00 am, in the foyer of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce for more information. Let’s turn Angel Fire into a Holiday Village!

Then we we are going to help coordinate “Pop Up Holiday Markets” throughout the Christmas shopping season. So much is happening! Year after year we are strengthening our local economy and we at the Chamber are extremely pleased to be a part of this vibrant community we serve!

Want to get involved? Angel Fire Chamber offers a variety of Membership Levels. They include the Standard Membership at $275 per year, Non-Profit Membership for $225 per year, Premium Membership also $225 per year plus 1/2% pass thru customer fee with min. contribution of $ 110 annually. When a Premium Member’s customer past thru fee reaches $2,500. annually, this Premium Member automatically receives a Gold Membership and their annual fee is Free. There are also Associate Real Estate Memberships, Associate Multiple Business Owner Memberships and Chamber to Chamber memberships for $100. per year. If you do not own a business but still want to contribute to the community through Chamber membership, we have an Individual Supporter Membership for $100 per year. If you are not yet a member of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, join today! For more information on the benefits of membership visit www.angelfirechamber.org or call 575-377-6353 or stop by the office at 3407 Mountain View Blvd. / Centro Plaza in Angel Fire, NM.

Quarterly Membership Breakfast Meeting

Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Membership Breakfast Meeting

When: August 22, 2017 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

We will be discussing the “Holiday Magic” Lighting Initiative.

The Angel Fire Resort, the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Angel Fire and the Angel Fire Garden Club have joined together to launch the
Holiday Magic, Lighting Initiative.

Mike Hess of Angel Fire Resort says, “Our goal is to have as many businesses within our community and the surrounding area join with us to create an Angel Fire fairy tale holiday village.”

Come see how you and your business can get involved.

The Bump Coffee Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

Barista – Haliegh Campbell, Jo Mixon – Angel Fire Chamber President & CEO and The Bump Coffee owner Lisa Sutton

What goes better together than coffee and ice-cream? Coffee and ice-cream and free wi-fi!

You will find all three of these plus much more in Angel Fire’s local lovin’ coffee shop, The Bump Coffee, 3375 Mountain View Blvd. Ste D. Adjacent to Coldwell Banker, Headin’ Home Realty in Angel Fire, NM.

The Bump Coffee has just added a new ice-cream machine they purchased from New Zealand, Trendy Blends. (Betcha’ can guess whose idea it was… hint is New Zealand!)

It is similar to a blizzard and not much different than a stone-cold soft serve. The fun part is that you get to pick whatever you want to go in it. You may choose from several options of fruits, sweets and flavorings with multiple toppings. Today I chose vanilla ice-cream and fresh strawberries… YUM! It was delicious. You must go try one for yourself!

Lisa Sutton decided to open The Bump Coffee last December when Hatchas Cafe, next door, decided they did not want to be a coffee shop. Lisa knew Angel Fire locals and guests really love (and need) all things coffee, so she purchased Hatchas’ espresso machine and remodeled a portion of her business, turning it into The Bump Coffee. It is a full range coffee shop, serving local coffees from Black Lake Coffee Roasters. They also serve fresh pastries, handmade by Jeanette Sanchez, waffles, lox and bagels and other items to satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, manager Corrina Hodge, is stocking shelves with locally made arts and crafts from some of the artists she worked with in her store Hodge Podge Box.

The Bump Coffee is open daily from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. During the Cool Summer Night Concert Series, they remain open on Friday’s until 6:00 pm, and they set up a booth from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Art & Farmer’s Market in Frontier Park on Sundays. The plan is to schedule a few more “Dessert Nights with Live Music on the Patio”, staying open until 8:00 pm, weather permitting, throughout the summer. And watch for more fun “Loving the Locals” discounts during the slower months of the year. Like and follow their Facebook page to keep up with local discounts. Drop by today or everyday for your coffee and ice-cream cravings or just to sit and enjoy a book and/or surf the internet utilizing their free wi-fi.

Want to be a part of this fun local loving team? The Bump Coffee is now hiring. See Corrina Hodge for more information.

#AngelFireChamberRocks

We are starting a fun new project for the summer at the Angel Fire Chamber. It is called #AngelFireChamberRocks.

We would like ALL of our members to participate in this fun nonsensical program.

The concept is simple. Email or call me back to let us know you will be participating, find a rock(s), paint it/them, (or we will paint for you) put your business name on the back, apply clear coat to protect it, take a photo and post it on the Angel Fire Chamber Rocks Facebook Page with #AngelFireChamberRocks and #YourBusinessNameRocks, then place your rock(s) where someone else will find it/them safely and fairly easily somewhere in and around the Village.

When someone finds your rock they are to return it to your place of business (or to the Chamber) to redeem it for a free service, money off of a service or an item. It could be something as simple as a free cup of coffee, a bottle of water or a soft drink. It could be a promotional item with your logo on it, i.e: golf tee, ink pen, lip gloss, candy bar, etc. etc. etc. You could plan to photograph the person/people who find and bring your rocks to you and put it on the Angel Fire Chamber Rocks Facebook Page and/or your business Facebook Page. The idea is to gain maximum exposure for our businesses and Angel Fire, with very little investment but a whole lot of fun!

We will be holding a series of come and go Rock Painting parties at the Chamber. The first dates are: Tuesday July 25, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and Wednesday, July 26 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. We will have painting supplies available and a book of “Painted Rock” ideas. Bring your rocks to paint or we will paint them for you. Will also have a print out for you to put up in your office and on your Facebook page to let people know you are participating in #AngelFireChamberRocks. We will kick off the program on August 1st. This is a fun activity for any age and any group – much like coloring books. Acrylic paints, oil based sharpies or even regular sharpies work well (just cover them with Mod Podge or clear spray sealant before sealing).

This is your chance to make someone smile or brighten a day and to get them into your place of business. GO FOR IT! You rock too!

Thanks,

Jo Mixon, CEO & President
Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce
manager@angelfirechamber.org
575-377-6353

High Country Ski Rentals Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon, Photo By Hannah Johnson

Giraffe, Jo & Bi-Bi (Co-Owner)

High Country Ski has changed locations, expanded their hours and added a toy store. On June 1, 2017 they opened their doors in the new location at 48 N. Angel Fire Rd. (upstairs) to become a year round business with toys, candy and musical instruments. They will continue to be a full service ski and snowboard rental/service shop, as they have been for the past 26 years. But instead of being open only during ski season, they wanted to add something that Angel Fire did not have, not only for their tourist and guests, but also for the Angel Fire locals. With proof that you are a local, High Country Ski will give you a 10% discount.

Inside of the store, I was pleased to see the large selection of merchandise they are carrying. There are Ty stuffed animals of all varieties. Even Disney Movie characters are there. They stock Melissa & Doug, Angel Fire t-shirts, board games, puzzles, even sunglasses, and much much more. For your sweet tooth there is salt water taffy, fudge and other candies lining the counters. They even stock musical instruments- horns, ukuleles, guitars and more. Plus they carry guitar strings and accessories. It’s true, you don’t have to drive to Santa Fe when you break a guitar string anymore!

Bi-Bi and her husband Chris have operated High Country Ski for four years. Bi-Bi grew up in the store. It was first opened by her parents after they moved to Angel Fire in 1979. She loved working and helping out while she was growing up, so when it was time for her parents to retire, it was only natural that Bi-Bi would want to continue the family business. She loves working in retail because she loves working with people.

High Country Ski will be open 7 days a week through the summer season, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Then she plans to close one day per week in the off season. Please stop by and say hello, spend a little money and take home real goodies. And don’t forget to sign up for the end of summer giraffe give away! (The one pictured with us above)

Visit www.highcountryskirental.com or call 575-377-6424 to make your ski and snowboard rental reservations.

A Great Weekend In Angel Fire!

A great weekend to be in Angel Fire, NM!

All things Tamale, Hot Air Balloons, Pancakes, Music in the Park, Art & Farmers Market, and Father’s Day!

Photos courtesy of; Jo Mixon, Sarah Campanella, Linda Gau, Michael Turri, Wende Woolley, Erin Arko, Northern New Mexico Gas, Janet Sailor, Maria Sibley, Lisa Sutton, Patricia Rivera, Lynn Heafy, Wendy Hail, Kari Jaramillo, & Melody Costa