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New Winter Park service connects visitors, local businesses

Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News
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If you’re a tourist or second homeowner, you may not always know the ins-and outs of the resort community you’re staying in, like where to get a good cup of coffee, or where you can find the best happy hour. And if you’re on vacation, perhaps the last thing you want to do is go grocery shopping.

Longtime resident Debbie Harris and DiAnn Butler of Destinations West have teamed up to offer something that will not only help local businesses, they said, but also tourists and second homeowners ” a new lifestyle management service through Destinations West.

The new service, dubbed Destinations West Concierge and Lifestyle Management Services, will take the property management company’s already established concierge service to the next level, Butler explained. The idea is to provide visitors and second homeowners with local services to encourage them to shop locally and get the most from their experience in Grand County.

“It’s an opportunity to keep the bucks in Grand County,” Harris said.

Harris is one of the founders of Businesses Without Borders (BWB), a group of local business owners who meet regularly and help support each other through networking and brainstorming. Harris’ involvement with BWB gives her an edge on what Grand County’s businesses have to offer, and Butler and Harris feel both their expertise will work well in their new endeavor.

The lifestyle management service offers visitors and second homeowners services through local businesses, Harris explained, including grocery shopping, dry cleaning, itinerary planning, personal chef services, and “insider” information such as where to go for a massage, a good meal or a good cocktail.

“We can now package the services offered here ” so maybe they’re not making that stop at Costco,” Harris said. “Second homeowners don’t always have time to explore what’s in their backyard. We already know.”

“It’s an extension to the service we’ve always done, but we didn’t have a name for it,” Butler said. “We’ll get calls asking where do we go for this, etc. With Debbie’s BWB experience, it makes their lives easier.”

Butler and Harris have known each other for more than five years. They have viewed each other as two entrepreneurs searching for ways to provide a higher benchmark of service for the guest. This new service was a result of both their visions; by promoting local businesses, everybody profits, Harris pointed out.

“The changes in the Valley, as it grows and changes, perhaps the big box is inevitable. So we should better prepare the businesses that are here, so that they’re offering more personalized service ” versus the more corporate type,” Harris said.

Butler added that their new business is looking for ways to increase its offerings and encouraged businesses throughout Grand County to call and let them know what they offer. Harris can be reached at (970) 726-8881.

“I think Grand County has a lot to offer. We want people to call and let us know what they’re doing,” Harris said.

” To reach Stephanie Miller, call (970) 887-3334, ext. 19601 or e-mail smiller@grandcountynews.com.


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