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In November 2010, Trea Traver walked into the Once Upon a Child in Glenwood Springs as she had done for years, to shop for her three children. This time was different. The store was full of “Going out of Business” signs and saddened faces. Trea’s heart sank when she realized what was happening. For years, she had depended on this store that sells new and gently used kids stuff, to get great deals on high end, brand name clothing, shoes, toys and equipment. “I just couldn’t let it close,” said Traver. Several phone calls later, the adventure of purchasing and taking over the store began. The store transfer was so quick in fact, that by Dec. 1 the sale was completed. There have been many late nights and early mornings to fix up the store and organize it according to Trea’s vision. “This place has amazing potential. It is filling a need in this valley for many families, including my own. It just needed a little TLC and a fresh start. The concept has always been strong,” she said. Trea grew up in Glenwood Springs and has a heart for the people here. She wants to bring families closer together by encouraging time together. She plans on hosting family fitness challenges, including a 1K, weekly story time in both English and Spanish in the store, and much more. “Trea has always had a vision for this valley. This store creates a great opportunity to bless a lot of people,” says Trea’s husband, Steve. The store has gotten a lot of feedback since the remodel and changes. Many people said that they had walked in and walked right back out in the past. But what they are seeing now is a new store. Customers are promising to return. The concept is the same, “buying and selling gently used kids stuff.” It’s recycling at its best. Once Upon a Child is open. Location and store hours are the same: 3110 Blake Ave. D in Glenwood Springs behind McDonald’s; Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

IHS, a leading global source of critical information and insight, announced that former Glenwood Springs resident Scott Key, IHS senior vice president of global products and services, has been appointed to president and chief operating officer (COO) of IHS Inc., reporting to Jerre Stead, IHS chairman and CEO.”We are fortunate to have an executive leadership team with tremendous depth of talent and experience, and I’m pleased we are able to promote Scott Key from our team,” Stead added. “Scott has filled a series of critical leadership positions for IHS, and I know he will continue to be a tremendous leader in helping drive the continued growth and success of the company.”Key joined IHS in 2003 to lead strategy, marketing and product teams for the IHS energy business, and has led transformation and growth across IHS operations in his eight years with the company. He was involved in supporting the IHS IPO, led Corporate marketing & strategic planning, and has led acquisition integration efforts, including the largest IHS acquisitions. Based in London he served as president and COO of IHS Jane’s and chairman of IHS Fairplay, Key led the EMEA sales organization and supported the transformation of the IHS sales organization into regional teams. In 2008 Key moved to Boston as president and COO of Global Insight, the largest acquisition IHS has made to date. During his tenure at IHS, Key has held leadership positions that span each of the company’s information and insight assets in Economics, Energy, Security, Product Lifecycle and Environment. Currently, Key is senior vice president of global products and services, overseeing all of IHS insight business capabilities and services.IHS is a leading source of information and insight in pivotal areas that shape today’s business landscape: energy, economics, geopolitical risk, sustainability and supply chain management. Businesses and governments around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS employs more than 4,400 people in more than 30 countries around the world and is among the 20 largest public Companies based in Colorado.

Team Property Shop was at Coal Ridge High School recently to show their support for the Coal Ridge Titans and Rifle Bears basketball teams. Helping take tickets and making the popcorn machine roar, Realtors Amy Luetke, Marianne Ackerman, Marci Pattillo, Irma Starbuck, Linda L’Estrange, Janelle Rhoton and Kathy Westley enjoyed all the excitement of the games and seeing and visiting with the many New Castle, Silt and Rifle customers and friends attending. The Property Shop is committed to the communities in which we live and work, and supporting our local high school teams both financially and in spirit is a high priority for us.

Sunsense Solar, an installer of high quality solar power systems, has won the prestigious SunPower “Intelegant Award for Excellence” in residential solar-electric power system installation. The company received the award for its installation of a 3.15-kilowatt SunPower solar system on Green Builder Media’s VISION House Aspen. The SunPower Intelegant Award recognizes residential SunPower solar-electric power system installations that exemplify SunPower’s commitment to excellence in aesthetics, quality and performance. Award-winning installations are selected for the quality of the design and installation as well as homeowner satisfaction.The VISION House Aspen was constructed by Paradigm Construction, which selected Sunsense Solar to install high efficiency, signature black SunPower solar panels. The Green Builder VISION House Program is a series of demonstration homes built around the country that showcase the implementation of green design, building techniques, and products and systems. Each house utilizes site-specific solutions for solving key green building issues including energy, water, land, resource use, waste management and indoor environment quality.”Outstanding. … The result far exceeds my expectations,” said Gerry A. Hazelbaker, president of Paradigm Construction Corp.”We congratulate Sunsense Solar for this noteworthy project,” said Jim Pape, president of SunPower’s residential and commercial business group. “As a SunPower dealer, they have demonstrated a level of quality and commitment exceeding our expectations, and we look forward to their continued success in 2011.”The SunPower dealer network includes more than 1,500 dealers worldwide, including more than 400 in North America. SunPower manufactures the most efficient solar panels available on the market today.

New Castle Family Fitness is proud to announce the return of Steve Wells. Steve worked as the Personal Training department manager from 2003-2005 when he relocated to southern Colorado. Steve’s return brings extensive knowledge and experience to an already great program. Steve has a degree in Sports Medicine and a lengthy background in rehabilitation and post rehabilitation exercise. He has recently developed a boxing program for men and women. “Keeping the fun in exercise is the greatest way to motivate a client,” says Steve. To schedule an appointment, call New Castle Family Fitness today, 984-3200.

Jessica Lorah shares her expertise in business plans and financial management in two upcoming seminars at Colorado Mountain College in Carbondale.Lorah coaches participants to develop an effective business plan in her Feb. 24 seminar, Writing and Following a Business Plan. The hands-on seminar analyzes the elements of a solid plan and shows how businesses can benefit from such a plan if it’s used as a daily operations guide. In her Financial Management for Small Business seminar held March 3, Lorah reviews fundamentals such as start up financing, key decisions, accepting payments and tax considerations.Lorah has a background in quality improvement, financial and operations management, strategic planning and organizational behavior. She was Colorado Mountain College’s adjunct faculty member of the year in 2008.Both seminars take place from 6 – 9 p.m. at CMC’s Lappala Center in Carbondale (690 Colorado Ave.). They are open to new as well as seasoned businesspeople. Cost is $27 per workshop, and advance registration is required.For more information, please call the CMC Lappala Center at 963-2172.

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