Bottom Lines: Roaring Fork Valley business announcements


D’Anna added to Frias Properties’ broker team

Frias Properties has announced the addition of Sonny D’Anna to its broker team.

With more than $800 million in overall career sales, D’Anna has experience in project design and real estate development, the company said in a statement.

D’Anna is the former CEO of Aspen Land & Homes/Sotheby’s International Realty, which he grew from three sales associates and one employee to 122 sales associates and seven offices with managing brokers and 14 employees, generating more than $350 million in annual sales, according to the statement.

D’Anna personally listed and sold the $20 million Thunder Mountain Lodge in Breckenridge and oversaw the launch and sale of 46 condominiums at the Obermeyer Place in Aspen. He also was both the listing and selling broker for more than 90 percent of the sales at Aspen Highlands Village and FiveTrees, the statement said.

As a broker he personally helped over 1,800 families navigate the buying or selling process. He served as president of the Aspen Board of Realtors in 2004, and his previous career encompassed investment management, corporate relocations and numerous national sales and marketing directorships.

D’Anna attended the University of Texas on a four-year football scholarship and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He can be reached via email at

Filson opens store on South Hunter Street

Filson has opened a new store in downtown Aspen.

The retailer opened its first international store in London last spring. The Aspen store is the company’s first retail location in the United States outside of the Pacific Northwest. The shop will offer a mix of Filson signature luggage, leather accessories, apparel and iconic outerwear such as the 100-year-old Mackinaw Cruiser.

“Filson has been crafting durable goods for those who refuse to stay indoors since the Alaskan Gold Rush,” said CEO Alan Kirk in a statement. “There are few places in the world with a higher concentration of outdoor enthusiasts than Colorado. We look forward to being closer to our longtime customers in this state as well as the region’s many international guests.”

Filson’s grand opening will benefit the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Filson will donate 15 percent of all sales from a VIP grand opening as well as grand-opening events on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 to ACES. In addition, ACES will offer guided complimentary snowshoe tours to guests at the grand-opening events. Filson also will be a business sponsor of ACES’ popular “Naturalist Nights” presentations throughout the 2014 winter season.

The 900-square-foot store is located at 402 S. Hunter St. in downtown Aspen. For more information, call 970-925-7244 or visit

Moscatello returns to Little Nell Hotel as executive chef

Bryan Moscatello has returned to the Little Nell Hotel as executive chef.

He served in the position from 1992 to 2000 and has since worked at a variety of acclaimed restaurants around the country, the hotel said in a statement.

Most recently he has been the chef partner at Storefront Company in Chicago, where he earned three stars from the Chicago Tribune. He was the executive chef/general manager at Bistro Toujours, Levy Restaurants in Deer Valley; executive chef-managing partner at Adega Partners in Denver; executive chef at Stir Food Group in Washington, D.C.; and culinary director with Tenzing Wine & Spirits in Chicago.

He was recognized by Food & Wine magazine as one of America’s “Ten Best New Chefs” in 2003.

“Coming back to Aspen is like coming home,” Moscatello said in the statement. “I’ve returned to Aspen over the years for snowboarding trips and events like (Food & Wine Classic in Aspen), but there has always been this desire to find my way back.”

Little Nell general manager Simon Chen, who returned to the property this year after nearly 20 years away, said he is excited to offer guests the next iteration of dining at the hotel.

“Bryan’s style of cooking is really the alpine mountain cuisine that put Aspen on the map,” Chen said. “He will continue to promote our farm-to-table ethos and devotion to great local products, but what guests should expect to see is a heartier approach to food with deeper flavors and sustenance.”

Moscatello will start on Dec. 2. He replaces Robert McCormick, who accepted a position with Emma Farms Cattle Company.

For more information, visit


Women’s networking group meets on Dec. 4

The Valley Divas, a women’s networking group, meets on the first Wednesday of the month.

The December meeting will be held on Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Konnyaku in Carbondale. The discussion topic will be “The Art of Networking and that Elusive Elevator Speech.”

Cost is $12 and includes appetizers, a house drink and tip.

For more information, visit the Valley Divas Facebook page or contact Lauri Rubinstein by phone at 970-704-1711 or via email at

Amore Realty celebrates 10 years in business

Amore Realty recently celebrated 10 years in business in Carbondale.

Owned and managed by Lynn Kirchner, Amore Realty opened its doors in Carbondale in August 2003 and has been giving back to the Carbondale Community ever since, the company said in a statement.

With every real-estate transaction at Amore Realty, a portion of the proceeds is donated back to an organization, charity or individual in the community. Some local organizations that have benefited from the program include The Carbondale Clay Center, Steve’s Guitars, The Valley Jazz Concert Series, The Andy Zanca Youth Radio Program at KDNK, Carbondale Community School’s Artist Studio Tour and the Roaring Fork Rams Booster Club.

Visit or call 970-963-5177 for more information. The company is located at 711 Main St.