Business briefs: Point 6 to support Pedal the Plains Bicycle Tour

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— Steamboat’s Point 6, maker of merino wool socks, will sponsor the Pedal the Plains Bicycle Tour from Sept. 20 to 22, according to a news release.

“Pedal the Plains is an initiative of The Denver Post, the Office of Governor John Hickenlooper, the Colorado Tourism Office, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade,” the release states. “The tour creates an opportunity for cyclists to experience the culture, history and landscape of Colorado’s plains communities.”

Point6 will provide performance merino cycling socks for volunteers and sponsors. The company also will be along the race route with pro sales, giveaways and coupons for attendees, the release states.

"We’re excited to show our support for Pedal the Plains again this year," Peter Duke, CEO of Point6, said in the release. "Merino is proven as an excellent performer for cyclists in any climate thanks to the natural temperature stabilizing properties of wool, and we hope our cycling socks will help enhance the experience for everyone at the event."

Pedal the Plains benefits The Denver Post Community Foundation in support of Colorado of Future Farmers of America and 4-H Program.

Cottonwood Grill has closed its doors

Michael Fragola said earlier in the summer that the Yampa Street restaurant would be shutting down at the end of August.

Fragola also is involved with Three Peaks Grill and La Montana Mexican Restaurant, which remain open.

The restaurant was open for 13 years, and according to a Facebook post, Three Peak Grill will add certain "Cottonwood classics" to its menu this fall.

Stēl House & Home opens in Wildhorse Marketplace

Stēl House & Home held a grand opening Friday for its new showroom in Wildhorse Marketplace. Stēl House & Home is a mountain boutique in conjunction with Vertical Arts Architecture. It offers furniture, home decor items and art.

Colorado creates grants to help small town cinemas stay in business

The Denver Post

In an effort to help rural movie theaters stay in business, the state of Colorado announced Thursday the Rural Theater Digital Conversion Grant.

A number of foundations, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and The Denver Film Society have teamed up to create grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 for theaters in converting to the new digital equipment being required by the film industry.

The Colorado Economic Development Commission approved $200,000 from the Strategic Fund Initiative to assist rural theaters in making the switch, and The Denver Film Society, with financial backing from the Boettcher Foundation and the Gates Family Foundation, is also is providing funds to help.

Both nonprofit and for-profit theaters can apply for funds. The available funding amount is variable and dependent on total demand and the specific theater, including theater location.

Read more at The Denver Post.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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