April 10, 2014

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April 10, 2014


Tressa’s Consign and Design Opens in New Location, Celebrates 10 Years

Park City – Interior designer Tressa McLane had been living and working in Park City for a few years when she decided to tackle a frequent dilemma: homeowners would redecorate and buy all new furniture—but they didn’t know what to do with their old furniture.

McLane started her interior design and consignment business, TRESSA’S CONSIGN AND DESIGN, as a way to recycle that furniture. She notes that furniture that is “secondhand” for the original owner is often a nice piece for someone else. As she says, “Everybody upgrades according to their pocketbook.”

McLane founded the company in 2003, and it has grown and evolved over the past decade. Her stock of consignment furniture grew, eventually expanding into three warehouses, while she maintained a separate design studio for client consultations. She has since moved the locations to one site, 6300 Sagewood Drive, Ste. D & E. The company celebrated 10 years in business last fall.

Central Wasatch Ski Resorts Envision Connected Future

By Heather Stewart

Park City – They don’t know when it will happen, or exactly how it will happen, but the seven ski resorts within Utah’s central Wasatch Mountains announced their support of the “concept” of connecting the resorts via chair lifts and ski runs. Connecting these resorts would bring together more than 18,000 skiable acres, more than 750 named runs and 100 lifts—all with one lift ticket.

“This is a concept and not a plan,” says Nathan Rafferty, president and CEO of SKI UTAH. “We don’t have all the answers today.”

SkiUtah is calling the concept ONE Wasatch. It would bring together ALTA, BRIGHTON, CANYONS, DEER VALLEY, PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT, SNOWBIRD and SOLITUDE.

ONE Wasatch would create a ski experience that can’t be found anywhere else in North America, says Rafferty, who expects the all-resort pass to appeal to destination skiers. “This is not just about adding more acreage,” he says. “It’s about creating a skier experience that will be unique in all of North America.”

Jenni Smith, general manager of Park City Mountain Resort, says that when the resorts are connected, “there’s not a ski area or ski community in this country that can beat us.”

The concept, which involves adding chair lifts and ski runs between the canyons, seems intended to accomplish the original vision of SkiLink—a gondola linking Canyons and Solitude—without the same watershed impacts.

“SkiLink has been tabled,” says Mike Goar, general manager of Canyons, although he says he’d “stop short of saying SkiLink is dead and gone.”

The goal of ONE Wasatch is “to create the most efficient and enjoyable interconnected mountain resort ski experience in North America, recognizing watershed protection and backcountry ski terrain preservation as key elements,” says Rafferty.

Developing ONE Wasatch would involve three major connections: connecting Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, connecting Big Cottonwood Canyon to Park City, and connecting Park City Mountain Resort with Canyons.

Rafferty says the project would require no public funding and likely would take place entirely on private land. However, building the new lifts and runs will require the resorts to go through a permitting process that will involve public input, says Rafferty.

Because of that permitting process, Ski Utah could not provide a timeline for completing ONE Wasatch. And possible sites for the new lifts have not been disclosed. Rafferty estimates the lifts and runs could be installed for less than $30 million.


Park City – SUMMIT SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY, a luxury real estate firm in Park City, was selected as a co-broker with ORES REALTY to represent residential real estate sales of MONTAGE RESIDENCES DEER VALLEY. Shane Herbert of Summit Sotheby’s will lead the co-brokerage efforts, along with the onsite ORES Realty sales team.

Park City – FREEBIRDS WORLD BURRITO opened at 1784 Uinta Way in Park City. This is the organization’s third location in Utah.

Park City – ADVICE MEDIA acquired E6 INTERACTIVE LLC. E6 employees will join Advice Media and continue to serve their existing clients. E6 has offices in Lehi and Houston, Texas.

Park City – COTTONWOOD NEWPARK TWO sold a class-A office building. NEWPARK TWO PROPERTY OWNERS was the buyer. The 30,382-square-foot building was built in 2007 as the North American Headquarters for ROSSIGNOL.

Park City – PARK CITY was mentioned more than 280 times during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, according to the PARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU. This resulted in a publicity value of $1.4 million as calculated by Cision national media monitoring services.

Park City – For the third straight year, HIGH WEST DISTILLERY was selected as a semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation Award. The foundation named High West proprietor David Perkins as one of 20 semifinalists for Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professionals.


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