Blown off by the media
Dear Editor:Our valley has suffered severe economic distress. I, as an owner of a business located in Glenwood Springs, but serving largely the Aspen/Snowmass market, am no exception. I have a sophisticated showroom that deals with design features for residents homes.Because of the market, in January, I decided to diversify and sponsor and support the arts and artisans, primarily valley artists. This I have done with extreme success. It was my intention to open my showroom to regular wine and cheese openings in order to give our residents a complementary place to meet, socialize and network while being surrounded by my primary bill-of-fare as well as pleasing eye-candy until which time the economy recovers.I prepared news copy, including the names of the products, artists and craftsmen, and contacted all three papers to announcing my changes in business format before I bought advertising and had my first opening. A month ago, I e-mailed John Gardner of the Post first. After no response, I called him two weeks later and was told that he simply does not have time for me. Then I contacted Rick Carroll, Aspen Times. I had read the article about the new corporate structure/cooperation between them and the Independent and was told that although the majority of my business is in Aspen, it wouldnt interest his readers particularly. Then I attempted to get Troy Hooper, Aspen Daily News. To this day, I have never received an answer. I have owned this extremely successful business for 10 years. I can see my plan helping far more people than myself with the artists I have gathered. I have read many of your articles about businesses diversifying plus pictures. Why I am not as worthy of mention as they disappoints me greatly. This is so very important to my business and my artists. I am a 25-year resident, professional contributor to the Roaring Fork Valley and property owner. My message is as newsworthy as any. I am deeply hurt and angry.Cathy Anderson SkutleyA & B Custom Kitchens Plus
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