2018 The Montrose Spectacular Gala

The 113th Montrose Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala was Spectacular!

The evening began with a flash mob performed by Magic Circle Players.  There was an unusual cocktail hour enhanced with inventive hors d’oeuvres service presented by Camp Robber. There were awesome costumes, games, and spectacular experiences throughout the evening. There was dancing and laughter throughout the non-profit organization gaming booths hosted by HopeWest, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, 970 Studio, Montrose Regional Crime Stoppers, and Montrose Center for the Arts.  

Business awards were presented to the following: 

IG Award winner graphics-10The Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Rich Jakino for his 50 years of service, engagement, leadership and participation in the Montrose Chamber Redcoats. Rich Jakino has owned a restaurant name Jakino’s Pizzaria that was a 3.2 beer joint where Ted’s Steakhouse is currently. He also had a drive-in restaurant next door called Village East where Viva Mexico is now. Mr. Jakino’s daughter says that he and his brother were good looking Italian’s from Durango that loved driving muscle cars and were “cool dudes”. After owning the restaurants he moved to the car business opening Valley Motor Company and worked there until around 2007 when he tried retirement. He said sitting still didn’t sit well with him so he went to work for his friend Glen Davis at Davis Service Center selling his favorite kind of toys: ATV’s and snow machines. He was a member of the Redcoats for as long as his children can remember. He tried retirement for the second time about 7 years ago and has helped his children cook many dinners and flip many burgers for the MHS football team when his grandson played. Rich also traveled to all the games during that time. He is still very active in our community serving as president of the Uncompahgre Trail Riders Club, The Elks Club, and the Redcoats. He also supports his 4 children and 11 grandchildren in all their endeavors. One thing his children know for sure is that their dad is one of the most hardworking, honest, and fair people they have ever met. They have never seen him turn away anyone in need.


The MontroIG Award winner graphics-11se Chamber of Commerce recognized one Chairperson of their 6 committees as the Committee Chairperson of the Year. This award was presented to Bob Brown, Government Affairs Committee Chair. Since moving to Montrose in 2003, with his wife Pat, he has lead a condominium project and owned an art gallery. Bob is a Montrose Economic Development Corporation member, has been president of his church twice, and a board member and treasurer of the Montrose Area Merchants Association. He has coordinated, served on, and chaired other committees and organizations including the Montrose Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Development Authority, Welcome Home Montrose, PAX, CMU Montrose Advisory Council, and Save the Sculptures. Bob’s passion for our area, for business, and for how regulations affect business are evident in his drive to be a part of the GAC committee. He invests many hours weekly researching, studying and bringing information forward for the Montrose Chamber of Commerce members. 




IG Award winner graphics-13The Montrose New Business of the Year has been in operation since February, 2018 and open to the public since June. They have taken a great deal of pleasure in bringing their craft spirits to market in their home town. Over the course of the past year, they have gone from completing equipment installation and receiving State and Federal permits, to mashing and distilling their first (official) drops of spirit, the first legally distilled spirits ever produced in Montrose county, to their knowledge. Today they serve six spirits including their nationally award winning gin and have several thousands of gallons of whiskey aging on the premises. They excitedly and patiently await the release of several varieties of whiskey, from a bourbon to a single malt, in a few years’ time. While they wait they intend to continue to develop new recipes utilizing the finest ingredients from Colorado and further afield, and hope to be able to start incorporating more local ingredients where possible. They have demonstrated their commitment to our community in their cocktail program, which includes the showcasing of local ingredients such as Mountain Quality Sweet Corn, locally grown fruit and honey and their eclectic collection or glass wear sourced from Habitat for Humanity and Heirlooms for Hospice. In addition, their one-of-kind mash turn was manufactured by Rocky Mountain Vessels. They have been good members of the local business community by supporting other businesses in Montrose and the surrounding area. They have also worked to establish themselves as a force for good in Montrose, and the industry at large, as demonstrated by theirredevelopment of a dilapidated corner of West Main to participating in various non-profit fundraisers over the course of the last year. The Montrose Chamber of Commerce is grateful to Storm King Distilling for their vision, entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to the preservation of history, and their involvement in growing our local economy. 


IG Award winner graphics-12The Montrose Business of the Year offers a friendly atmosphere, great food, and is a happening place to see and be seen! It is one of the top spots people have to go to when they return to Montrose when returning home from college, or if they move away for work. They offer an updated bright space to their guests that they remodeled to expand their business, drive sales, and showcase local artisans. Offering a quiet out door space they are always going above and beyond for their customers from deliveries, catering services, and genuine business smarts. They are the coffee sponsor for GAC meetings and have partnered with the Chamber for the Reality Fair the past three years. They are willing to help out any way they can with any community event at the drop of a hat. They hire and mentor youth in our community teaching them business practices and giving them an opportunity to learn important life skills. It is always a pleasure to work with this business that provides peace of mind in knowing every detail will be attended to. This business has been a local business since 1996 and a family owned business since 1999. It has been in its current location since 2001 and owned by the current legendary owners since 2014. They are always working toward a more perfect coffee experience with small batches of locally roasted beans and a rigorous in house barista certification process. They use family  recipes, highest quality meats, cheese and produce to create some of the best soups and sandwiches available, offering dine in, take out or delivery. They currently employ 16 full time and part time local people. They create authentic New York bagels that are aged, boiled and then baked using the old world process which in incredibly rare to find outside of large cities, especially out west. It is my pleasure to present the prestigious Montrose Business of the Year award to the legendary Scott and Debby Cassidy proprietors of Backstreet Bagel Company.


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