Julie Guttormson leads an online group fitness class in April 2020 at Vim. The exercise studio is 2021’s Small Business of the Year, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce announced.

Chamber gives honors

Dr. Travis Riddell, a physician with Jackson Pediatrics who serves as the Teton District health officer, was named Citizen of the Year in the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce’s 56th annual awards.

He was honored for “acting with conviction and making difficult decisions for the greater good of the community,” the chamber said.

Wendy Martinez, with Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area, was named Rising Star, an award for an individual under the age of 40 who is “blazing the streets of Jackson with their innovation and service, professionally and personally.”

The exercise studio Vim was named Small Business of the Year.

“In addition to offering free classes to local workers in an effort to combat the ongoing stress of such a demanding summer, their Rock the Ride cycling fundraiser has raised over $300,000 for local stroke and cardiac patients through St. John’s Hospital Foundation since it began in 2016,” the chamber said.

Fine Dining Restaurant Group was honored as Large Business of the Year for the Quarantine Cuisine Program, which delivered over 1,100 bags of free groceries and almost 1,000 free prepared meals as many residents were forced into quarantine.

“The idea and much of the work was thanks to Cynthia Hogan and was so successful thanks also to Hole Food Rescue, Jackson Whole Grocer, Hola Spanish Academy & Services and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole,” the chamber said.

Jackson Curbside Recycling received the Green-to-Green Award, which is a recognition of environmentally conscious business practices.

The award for Nonprofit of the Year went to the organizations and individuals of Mental Health JH, which aims to reduce the stigma of mental health and provide access to resources.

“Thanks to their efforts, over 900 residents benefited from six or 12 free counseling sessions,” the chamber’s announcement said.

The award specifically honors St. John’s Health, Teton Youth and Family Services, the Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center, the Curran Seeley Foundation, the Community Safety Network, the St. John’s Hospital Foundation, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, individual practitioners who subsidized their services, and individual donors.

The chamber’s Annual Awards Committee received over 170 nominations.

Fine Dining offers 2-for-1

It’s 2-for-1 time at Fine Dining Restaurant group, which means customers who purchase one entree get a second one for $2 at The Bistro, The Kitchen, Roadhouse Pub & Eatery, Osteria and Bin22 (lunch only). All the money raised for the sale of the second entree will go to a nonprofit featured that week.

“Normally falling in consecutive weeks, this year we will be offering our offseason specials in both October and December,” Fine Dining said in an email announcement, and restaurants will be closed at various periods during the off-season.

Here’s the schedule:

Through Sunday: Jackson Hole Lacrosse

Monday-Oct. 31: Horse Warriors

Nov. 29-Dec. 5: Watershed Jackson Hole

Dec. 6-12: Jackson Hole Public Art.

Catch and Release adjusts

Catch and Release is closing down the online consignment side of its business.

“Moving forward, we will be focusing on our online and onsite estate sales as well as pop-ups and other fun ways to shop curated pieces,” the business said in a press release.

People who have more than a few pieces to sell can still reach out to Catch and Release about hosting a sale.

Blue Collar expands

The Blue Collar Restaurant Group will add another restaurant to its empire this winter with the opening of a sushi restaurant in Bozeman, Montana.

According to an article in the Bozeman Chronicle, Hachi Sushi Pub will operated by Blue Collar’s Ellie and Blane Woodfin, who also run Foxtrot, Tanglewood and Sidewinders in Bozeman.

In Jackson the Blue Collar Restaurant Group operates Bubba’s Bar-B-Que, Merry Piglets, the Blue Lion, Noodle Kitchen, Liberty Burger and Sidewinders.

Hotels make Conde Nast list

Four properties in Jackson Hole are on Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards list of the Top 15 Hotels in the Southwest and West.

No. 1 on the list is Caldera House in Teton Village, described as a “retro-cool hotel with just eight bedrooms and serious mountain credentials, in the backcountry Wild West wilderness.”

In downtown Jackson, Hotel Jackson ranks fourth on the list. The Wort Hotel is No. 8, and The Anvil Hotel is No. 10.

In the Readers’ Choice for the Top 40 Ski Resorts in the U.S., Jackson Hole ranks 11th. The top three on that list are Deer Valley Resort and Sundance Mountain Resort, both in Utah, and Aspen Highlands Resort in Colorado.

Conde Nast said 800,000 readers participated in the Readers’ Choice survey.

Wheel Wranglers moves

Wheel Wranglers, offering bike rentals and deliveries, has found a new home in Jackson at 1090 S. Highway 89, across from Whole Foods.

Fall hours there will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Wheel Wranglers said it will be renting and delivering bikes until “real winter” sets in.

The business also has some new and used bikes for sale plus accessories and small items.

Cole at Bank of Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s longtime spokeswoman has joined the executive leadership team at Bank of Jackson Hole.

Anna Cole is the new senior vice president of marketing and communications at the bank.

Cole attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, before moving to Jackson in early 2005. Her tenure at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort spanned all facets of marketing, with a focus on public relations, communications and content development, a bank press release said.

“She brings 15 years of marketing and communications experience to our organization, and we look forward to offering a new level of engagement with our staff and customers through her leadership and expertise,” the bank’s CEO and board Chair, Pete Lawton, said in the release.

Naughty Fruit competes

Naughty Fruit is competing against six other Idaho companies this week at the annual Trailmix pitch competition during Boise Entrepreneur Week.

Based in Driggs, Idaho, Naughty Fruit produces spiced dried fruits inspired by founder Juan Morales’ Mexican family heritage. The Naughty Fruit line includes pineapple, mango, strawberry-banana, pear, apple and fruit medley.

The trailmix pitch competition “helps food and beverage startups take their products from the farmers market to the supermarket,” a press release said. “Applicants compete for a chance at winning a $25,000 grand prize and shelf space at Albertsons, with $5,000 going to the runner-up.”

Four Pines moves down street

Four Pines Physical Therapy, opened by Dr. Norene Christensen in 1998, has a new location, across the street at 1175 S. Highway 89.

The new space features large patient rooms as well as a separate, private patient exercise area, the announcement said.

“We’ll have room for six therapists to be working at one time, so we’ll be able to better support the needs of our Jackson community,” Christensen said in the release.

No. 8 for animal collisions

Wyoming drivers have a 1 in 48 chance of colliding with an animal while driving, according to State Farm.

The insurance company said Wyoming is No. 8 in the country for likelihood of animal collision claims, with antelope, cattle and elk as the top three animals. Wyoming drivers had 7,000 such claims last year, it said.

Nationally, the insurance industry paid for an estimated 2.1 million animal collisions from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. That’s a 7.2% increase over the previous 12-month period. The vast majority of claims, 67%, involved a deer collision.

Throughout the U.S. the months drivers are most likely to collide with an animal in the U.S. are, in order, November, October and December.

The top three states for likelihood to hit an animal are West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota.

Newsweek honors Bank of JH

The bank known soon after its 1982 founding as “the bank in the box” because of its origins in a trailer has won a statewide honor.

Newsweek dubbed The Bank of Jackson Hole as “Best Small Bank in Wyoming” as part of its America’s Best Banks 2022. The bank has 10 branches, and its main branch, built in 1988, was recently remodeled on the site of the original trailer at 990 W. Broadway.

“This is a great accolade for the bank,” Bank of Jackson Hole CEO Pete Lawton said in a release, “and we are pleased to see this research put BoJH at the top for Wyoming.”

The Newsweek article published Thursday said the media giant “assessed thousands of FDIC-insured banks and credit unions, and the savings and checking accounts they offer, based on more than 50 different factors to land on best-in-class options in 26 different categories.”

The small bank category criteria for institution size was less than $10 billion in assets managed. The number of branches were considered as well.

Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce President Anna Olson added her congratulations for the recognition.

“Bringing this national award to the banking industry in Jackson Hole is a testament to the level of service, quality of product and investment in the community we all benefit from,” Olson said. “The Bank of Jackson Hole has a long heritage of knowing our community, and we are lucky to have them as our local bank for business and personal banking.”

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor for the News&Guide and one of the editors for local articles printed in the Jackson Hole Daily.

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