Biz Buzz, June 2, 2013

For Aline LaForge, the bird lost its nest when the Institute of Therapeutic Massage of Western Colorado moved from 1938 N. First St., Suite 6, to 2352 N. Seventh St. this spring.

LaForge graduated from the institute in 2009 and started her business, Meridian Massage, that same year inside the institute.

“I graduated and moved the studio in the school,” she said. “I was never really forced to make that next big business decision.”

That is, until the institute relocated. Then LaForge decided she’d move, too — out on her own.

On May 1, she opened at 2470 Patterson Road, Suite 6, in the Patterson Center.

LaForge said her new location is professionally designed and very quiet, making it that much more of a relaxing experience for her clients.

LaForge said what separates her from a lot of other massage therapists is that she practices acupressure, using her hands instead of needles, for those a bit squeamish about sharp objects being inserted into their bodies.

“What makes my work unique in terms of deep relaxation and healing is that I’m with a client during the whole session with my hands on them,” she said. “For people who have been told, ‘You should try acupuncture,’ but are afraid of needles, it’s just my fingers,” she said.

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■ Businesses in the swank mountain communities of Telluride and Mountain Village have another voice to advocate on their behalf.

Community members and businesses recently established the Telluride Region Chamber of Commerce. Last month, it began offering membership tiers ranging from $300 to $5,000 annually and the opportunity for potential members to meet with chamber staff to discuss their business needs.

The nonprofit group offers a range of benefits to new and existing businesses, including online promotion and member-to-member discounts. It also offers members and non-members a place to work.

“We outfitted our main street office with a purpose in mind: A workplace geared toward those who are hungry for collaboration and inspiration,” chamber co-founder Nichole Zangara said in a statement. “We are not only providing the space for individuals to work, but also offering an opportunity for business owners and entrepreneurs to meet other like-minded individuals.”

5 Star Event Rental & Design started in 2006 with two people operating out of garage. Last week, though, the full-service event rental and design company cut the ribbon on its new 3,000-square-foot office and showroom space at 591 25 Road, Suite A1 — the third time the company has moved into new, more spacious digs since its inception.

“We have such a demand for more and more chairs, and other stuff, and we have to have somewhere to store it all,” said owner Derek Doss. “That just says we’re doing something right, if we’re growing the way we’ve grown in the last couple of years.”

Doss said that the rental company caters to a wide range of clients, who have plans for all sorts of special events, big and small. They’ve also added a full-service event planning and management service to their repertoire.

“We can do a small backyard dinner party for five people, with dishes and tables and linens, to 1,500-person banquets,” Doss said. He touts his inventory of linens, but said special requests can always be accommodated.

The growth of 5 Star perhaps runs counter to the soft economy of the past few years. But Doss said that people still like to party, despite tough times.

“They may cut back a little bit on certain things, but people will still have weddings, they’re still going to have birthdays,” he said. “Just about everybody has a need for a table and some chairs sometimes.”

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