DMOS Collective

DMOS Collective’s new Delta shovel will start shipping in the early fall to people who backed the company’s recent Kickstarter campaign. The crowdfunding effort raised $147,000.

DMOS drums up $147K for Delta Shovel

With another successful Kickstarter campaign under its belt, DMOS Collective will begin shipping its new Delta shovel to backers in the early fall.

The Jackson company founded by Susan Pieper said the crowdfunding effort reached its $30,000 goal in 45 minutes. By the time the campaign ended three weeks later, 683 backers had pledged just over $147,000.

The Delta shovel is the seventh in the DMOS line, and the Kickstarter campaign was the company’s third. The three crowdfunding forays have raised more than $375,000 total, it said

The Delta is the first DMOS shovel that targets “the 4X4 and survival markets,” the company said in a press release.

The Delta extends to a full-size length of 51 inches and collapses to portable proportions. With a foldable three-position head it can be used as a hoe and an entrenching tool as well as a shovel.

“The Delta Shovel is a powerfully versatile tool that’s perfect for any rig headed into the backcountry.”

DMOS shovels are made in Oregon. DMOS will be shipping the Delta to specialty retailers and selling it direct on its website.

— Staff report

Women entrepreneurs up for award

One by one the Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues is sharing the names of women nominated for its 2019 Entrepreneur Award, and several of the nominees revealed so far are from the Jackson Hole area.

One is Kris Shean, owner of Jackson’s Haagen-Dazs ice cream shop and chairwoman of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Jennifer Nelson-Hawks, owner of Simply Health, a holistic wellness center in Smith’s Plaza, is the second Jackson nominee who’s been announced.

Another contender is from Alpine. Barb Worthen owns Raven Lunatix, which sells art, rocks, geology, pottery and home decor items.

To see who else is nominated in the coming weeks, check out the council’s Facebook page.

— Staff report

Ranch brokers make Wall Street Journal

Many more real estate agents wear cowboy hats than actually ever sit atop a horse, but two from Jackson who do get in some riding were mentioned in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

Richard Lewis and Chopper Grassell are part of the team at Live Jackson Hole Real Estate, and make Western ranches the focus of their business. That made them interesting to Journal reporter Candace Taylor, who included them in her article “Meet The Brokers Who Wrangle Luxury Ranch Sales.” Grassell said a call from Taylor, who they don’t know, came out of the blue because she had heard “we were significant ranch brokers.”

Grassell said he and Lewis “love what we do,” which includes the opportunity to not only bring together buyers and sellers but also concentrate on a part of the Old West and the culture that goes with it.

Lewis told the Journal that buyers turned “cautious” after the 2008 crash, and became much more interested in the income a potential ranch buy might bring them, and not just in the romance of a wide-open-skies kind of Western lifestyle.

The business, though, remains steady, Grassell told the News&Guide: “When housing is hot, ranch sales are OK; when housing is OK, ranch sales are OK; when housing is slow ranches are OK,” he said. “The pendulum doesn’t swing quite as hard as in the residential market.”

Concentrating also makes them experts of special value to the buyers and sellers they represent: “We do what we do every day, which is buy and sell ranches,” Grassell said.

One prominent piece of property that Live Jackson Hole Real Estate hopes to sell is the Silver Creek Ranch, 4,638 acres near Boulder that is listed at $12.9 million.

— Mark Huffman

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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