There's a new cat in town

Business woman opens, hopes to expand Oak Creek-based mortgage company

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Heather Kline is a busy woman. Sitting in her newly renovated office, she talks on a head-set, watches the phone drop, flips through myriad folders and then glares into the screen of her computer.

"Sorry about that," Kline says, transferring from one phone call to another, back to another and then finally looking up from her personal mayhem.

"The phone has been ringing off the hook for nine years, we've always been busy," she said.

Kline, 34, is the self-proclaimed "new cat in town." Kline recently opened Lynx Funding and Realty in Oak Creek. The building, at Main Street and Moffat Avenue, used to be a gas station and is eligible for the National Historic Registry because it is the only representation of an early gas station in all of Routt County, Kline said.

Kline's story begins with a little "For Sale" sign she saw months ago in the dusty front window of the building. A previous tenant had used the building and garage for storage, and both needed renovation badly, but she thought it was perfect.

"You know what dust smells like," real estate agent Alex Ramer said. "It still needs a lot of work."

Ramer is one of four employees working at Lynx, and Kline hopes to have more help soon.

"I am still looking for the right person to start helping us out, we're just so busy," Kline said.

Lynx Funding is a mortgage company serving South Routt County.

Kline's former business was Moen Mortgage, where she had an office in Steamboat Springs and also worked from home. Kline lives in Stagecoach with her husband, Derek Reidy, and her 2-year-old son, Sam.

Kline, who went to high school, has lived in Routt County for about 10 years. Kline put in three years at Florida State University and then finished her college degree in communication and management at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has been in the mortgage business since 1990 and decided it was time to invest in her community with a new business.

Lynx Funding and Realty is named after Lynx Pass -- part of Kline's desire to keep the name, the design and the company local.

"South Routt and Oak Creek are both awesome investments because we have street-front property and people are so excited to just come in and say 'hello,'" she said about her decision to open her business in Oak Creek.

Kline hopes to expand onto two other lots on the property and to renovate the garage to make it "super cool."

"There is a lot happening here, and there is so much energy and support from the community," Kline said.

The renovations for the new business were financed with government money that supports local, rural businesses and were completed by her husband's construction company, TruBlu Construction. Renovations began in February, and Lynx moved in a few months ago.

With a new shade of rich olive paint on the walls, trendy black furniture and miniature tea lights that adorn the desks, this new cat is not only styling, but ready to get down to business.

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