Airline Luggage Woes Present Local Opportunity
by Carlos Cagin
Jul 24, 2008 | 1668 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print

TELLURIDE – With airlines placing new restrictions and fees on checked baggage, Dave Doemland is looking forward to an increase in his five-year-old Telluride business.

“I recognized a long time ago that people were coming to town and they were mad because they weren’t getting their luggage,” said Doemland, who started High Country Shipping, a private shipping company that delivers luggage to residences or hotels throughout the Telluride region. “The smaller planes just can’t fit all that ski gear on there.”

And he expects it to grow especially in the summer.

“This has been mainly a winter time business,” he said. “But I think it might start growing in the summer just because of the airlines now. It all revolves around the extra baggage charges that the airlines are doing. Some airlines are charging a hundred bucks for a ski bag. Well I can ship anywhere in the country for under a hundred bucks.”

Doemland is looking to expand his business to Vail, Aspen, Steamboat, and Jackson Hole. The service offers customers the chance to forego the hassle and cost of lugging their luggage through airports, and instead shipping them to the High Country Shipping storage facility in Mountain Village, from where they will be delivered to their door.

“It’s been working. I can virtually guarantee that people get their luggage,” Doemland added. “Most of the time I have it waiting for them in their rooms, and they’re basically tripping over their bags as they walk through the door.

“I’m just trying to get the word out. Once people realize what I’m doing they’re just kind of like, ‘Oh my God. Why wasn’t I doing this before?’”

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Doggy Spa Opens in Montrose

MONTROSE – Camp Bow Wow, a doggy cay care and overnight camp, has opened in Montrose. The camp boasts three indoor/outdoor play-yards, with a pup pool, play bridge, watering hole, and one camp counselor per 15 dogs.

The camp offers the chance for dog owners to ditch their pets either just for the day, or overnight. Each dog is given a cabin with a raised cot and a fleece blanket, and the option to house more than one dog together. Overnighters are also given a pre-bed, campfire treat, and can doze off to low, soothing classical music. Owners also have the option to check in on their pets via Internet webcams installed in each of the three yards.

In order to become a Bow Wow camper, dogs must be over 4 months old and up-to-date on their Rabies Distemper and Bordatella vaccines. Dogs older than 6 months must also be spayed or neutered. Dogs that fit those qualifications are invited for an interview day, including a three-hour observation session with two other dog campers of a similar size and temperament.

Camp Bow Wow also offers a spa service, “specializing in baths and manicures for doggies in need,” according to a press release. There are also two luxury suites on site, “with custom dog furniture to sleep on, private upscale dining and televisions featuring dog friendly programming,” as well as private webcams to be installed.

Those who are interested are welcome to stop by Camp Bow Wow for a tour at 330 Denny Ct. in the North Townsend Industrial Park, or online at

A Healthy Dose of Style

The born-in-Telluride clothing company Horny Toad will continue its commitment to innovative, sustainable clothing, with the unveiling of the company’s spring 2009 collection at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Tradeshow in August. The collection will include 68 new sustainable styles, including one of the company’s favorites Dri-Pulse, made from recycled polyester and organic cotton.

The theme of the new line is “sustainable fabrics, innovative style and a little bit of fiesta,” according to a press release.

“The collection this season really builds upon Horny Toad’s strength historically of employing intriguing blends of fibers that have a sustainable component” said Tami Snow, the company’s Marketing and Communications Director. “We begin with soft, dynamic fabrics like the new VooDoo à la Mode that have the feel of a favorite sweatshirt, give them an active cut and add a healthy dose of style so that every piece can be worn all the way from your morning hike to happy hour.”

The new styles include skirts, dresses, shirts, hoodies and bottoms, striving to create a wardrobe that has a balance of function, comfort and style. The new line’s look is inspired by the annual Fiesta celebration in Santa Barbara – a week long celebration of parades, Mercado’s, dancing and partying. The spring collection is composed of rich and lively colors inspired by the intricate Mexican tile patterns throughout Santa Barbara, and the clothes’ inside labels include directions to mixing your own margaritas and making your own mariachi band.

To learn more about the new collection or see past lines, visit
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