Business briefs for July 13


— Local Exchange moving and then shutting down

The Local Exchange, a second-hand shop at 119 Ninth St., is moving to a spot in Milner and then closing.

Owner Karen Rhoads said she plans to move the rest of her inventory to the Olde Milner Roadhouse building on U.S. Highway 40, 11 miles west of Steamboat Springs. She hopes to be set up there by the end of the month.

"I'm moving for now just so I have a place for a lot of the excess inventory, and then I'll just kind of have flea markets and garage sales and sell things off," Rhoads said. She is not accepting clothing donations but will take household goods and knickknacks - "things that are easy to move."

Rhoads said Steamboat has gotten too expensive, so she's heading to a more affordable spot: Oregon. She plans to open a shop east of Salem.

"Steamboat's a beautiful place," she said. "It's gotten to be very difficult financially to live here."

Another honor

for Alpine Bank

The American Banker's Association ranked Alpine Banks of Colorado eighth nationally as a top performer in the June 2008 ABA Banking Journal magazine, according to a news release. Alpine Bank is the only Colorado bank ranked in the top 25 for 2008 in this category and has moved up from 38th in 2007, the release stated.

Recently, the Independent Community Bankers of America also listed Alpine Bank as one of its top 20 performers.

Protect pets and your wallet with insurance

McClatchy newspapers

From, a pet insurance company, here are tips to consider when buying insurance for your pet:

- Ask your veterinarian. Chances are the vet has heard all the news about insurance plans from other policy holders. See which one gets the best reviews.

- Choose the insurance company carefully. Be sure the firm is licensed in your state. That gives you some confidence the company has met some minimum standards, and it often means the plan will have the coverage you need.


handyman 8 years, 9 months ago

Karen - We'll all miss you and your staff. I've done a lot of shopping there and always enjoyed a smile and friendly hello when I walked in the door. Lotsa love to you. I'm really going to miss Hannah.


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