Business File for Aug. 31


Former teacher starts Ben's Blinds company

— Ben Clark, a former Steamboat Springs High School English teacher, has opened a home business. Ben's Blinds offers window treatments such as blinds, shades and shutters.

"I am a shop-at-home retail (business), so basically I go to people's houses and show them samples of blinds I sell," Clark said.

His wares include lines from Hunter Douglas, Alpine Shutters and Norman Shutters. Clark said he left teaching partly because he and his wife want to start a family, and he wanted a more flexible job.

"The reality of teaching is, it's super rewarding and a great job, but being out for even a day requires a lot of work on either end to make it worthwhile for the students," he said.

Ben's Blinds can be reached at 846-6716 or

Veterinarian prepares to open business

Courtney S. Diehl plans to start a Steamboat Springs veterinary practice the second or third week of next month. She previously ran her company in Vail.

Her office will be a diesel pickup with a vet unit attached. Diehl said she plans to treat mainly horses but also cats, dogs and small ruminants. The latter category includes animals such as goats, she said.

"What's different in my practice is, I'm doing a new form of radiology so you can see images the second you take them" rather than having to transport them elsewhere, Diehl said.

She also does chiropractic work on horses.

Diehl can be reached at 970-376-3508 or


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