Nancy Hale sells business in Fraser and offers parting Pomopolitan recipe |

Nancy Hale sells business in Fraser and offers parting Pomopolitan recipe

Susan Stone
Highland Foodie
Fraser, Colorado

Nancy Hale, owner of Curves, is moving and selling her business after running it for the past five years, first in Granby and currently in Fraser. Fortunately for Curves members, a charter member and Fraser businesswoman has filed a letter of intent to buy. Once Curves International approves the sale, Hale will assist the new owner in making a smooth transition.

Nancy Hale and husband Tom moved to Granby in 2000 when Tom became of Granby Town Manager. Nancy opened Curves in Granby in 2003 and in 2005, moved its location to the Fraser Marketplace. Before moving to Granby, the Hales lived in Salida, where Tom was County Administrator. Nancy had a daily radio interview show and volunteered as an emcee at the senior activity center.

Nancy said, “Being married to Tom is like being married to an itinerate worker. We’ve moved from Telluride to Denver, to Salida, to Granby and now we’re moving back to Salida.” Tom will continue his consulting business there. “Tom has always done consulting work and has many connections in the state.”

Because they knew of her Salida connection, Curves International asked Nancy to take over the Curves there in 2005. For two years, she drove weekly between Salida and Fraser until two Salida Curves members bought it in 2007.

When asked what she will do when they return to Salida, Nancy said, “Who knows what I will do? I know it will be exciting. I have the attitude that everything is an opportunity. I read a lot of health books, however when life is taking me in new directions, I tend to read F. Scott Fitzgerald. I just finished reading ‘The Great Gatsby’ again, which always reminds me if you plan too much, you may be disappointed.”

Nancy opened Curves for several reasons. The main one was for the health of women. “Of course, I hoped I would stay healthy along with the women who joined.”

As a result of her admitted self-serving motivation, Nancy doesn’t have a weight problem. Also, “I have not been sick in five years. But above all, I have met women who are truly leaders in our community – Grand Lake, Granby, Fraser, Winter Park and all surrounding areas. They will always be an inspiration to me.”

Nancy said, “When you open Curves, you receive ‘Basic Training’ which gets you started on the business side of Curves. However, they have many courses. I’ve taken nutrition and kinesiology courses through Curves and Baylor University and I have a Cooper Institute Certification. I consider nutrition to be a science in its infancy. We’re learning constantly. I took my first course with Adele Davis in the 70s. It was ‘Let’s Have Healthy Children.’ I found it really challenged me.”

The Hales have two sons, Mark and Kip, who they plan to see often. Mark lives in Granby. He utilizes his restaurant management coursework at the Seven Trails Grille at Granby Ranch and travels weekly to Steamboat Springs for musical engagements. Kip, a University of Denver Law graduate, is currently moving to Cambodia to continue working on the trials of the men who committed war crimes and genocide during the Khmer Rouge reign. The Hales agree, “Our children are our treasures.”

Tom said. “Happy parents make wonderful children and we have two to prove that.”

The Hales also plan to visit friends in Canada, France and Grand County. Nancy will be back not only to visit friends, but to check in on Curves. She reminds us, “Curves is one and a half hours a week of your time. That is the easy part. Women tend to take their health for granted until they lose it. If I had one wish it would be that women realize they can do anything that is good for them. You’ll feel better after only 30 minutes of Curves.”

Nancy quotes Aristotle, who teaches us about active virtue, “Once you have a clear vision of the right thing to do, move your feet.” So, to the women of Grand County, Nancy said, “Move your feet!”

Here, here! Let’s clink our glasses together and repeat after Nancy, “Move your feet!”

This recipe is from Ina Garten’s latest cookbook, “Back to Basics.” Garten calls this a Pomegranate Cosmopolitan, but Nancy prefers Pomopolitan, “It’s more fun to say, especially after you’ve had one!”

Pomopolitan – serves 6

2 cups premium vodka

1 cup Cointreau liqueur or triple sec

1/2 cup cranberry juice cocktail

1/2 cup Pom bottled pomegranate juice

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

Thinly sliced limes, for garnish

Mix the above ingredients, except the lime slices, in a shaker half filled with ice. Shake for a full 30 seconds. Pour into martini glasses, garnish with a lime slice and serve immediately.

Contact Susan Stone at (970) 531-1952 or at with comments, questions or suggestions.

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