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  • Thanks for a great night at the What’s In Store Home Sweet Home event, Pam! I look forward to working with you to fight autism!

  • Pam, it is always such a joy to work with you! Thanks for the wonderful Home Sweet Home event at What’s In Store. I look forward to working with you again!

  • Tas Blevins says:

    They know how to put the spirit in Christmas and to make an old fat man happy. Santa

  • Laura Teeters says:

    What can I say about how amazing Pam is?! Pam has done and incredible job with so many projects. Both personally and professionally, I think she’s an amazing person. She was a great events planner for the Old Colorado City Great Pumpkin Weigh. She went above and beyond on the 1st ever Plates and Pallets event for OCC and I feel it set a great foundation to what will continue to be a great event!
    And she coordinated OCC’s holiday season of events with great tenacity!
    I’m looking forward to many more projects be it related to my own business, A Call to Life and/or Old Colorado City Associates!

  • Chris Sonderman says:

    Firstly, thank you for all your efforts in making the stroll a success.
    Well advertised.
    Strong participation.
    Music added to festive feeling.
    Good pairings with restaurants.
    Great exposure for retail and restaurant alike.
    Lot of people on the street having fun, like a downtown should  look!!!
    Easy to promote because of the Santa, carolers etc.
    We need to do this sometime in the summer too.
    People were having fun.  They liked seeing downtown busy.  Many comments to the effect that this is the kind of event they want, as opposed to the traditional parades or spring spree type events.
     Thanks again, Chris

  • Jeanne Gavin from Tillie and Toad says:

    The Holiday Stroll was a great success. The food was great, the weather wonderful. It brought people that had never been downtown before. You advertising was everywhere.
    Thanks, Pam, for doing such a good job putting it all together.


  • Debra Saunkeah from Fabulous Finds says:

    I loved the entertainment at the Holiday Stroll this year! The Caroler, Bell ringers, and Santa was great! We had 180 in our shop at one time!

    I only heard one lady say, “if I didn’t come for the stroll every year, I wouldn’t have known your store was here!”

    Great success! Congratulations!

  • Karen Standridge says:

    Pam, EVERYONE knows you; they know you are good; they know you deliver on what you say you will do. Your reputation is perfect. Maybe you could train me and we could work together. The art market isn’t so lucrative that I couldn’t us extra $$$! HA HA.

    Karen Standridge, Ph.D.

    President, Pikes Peak Watercolor Society

  • Mazie Baalman says:

    The Plates & Palettes event in OCC was a huge success!

    The staff that I had at Nice & Naughty giving out samples said people were RAVING about the event and were having a great time and wished we would have more such events.  Also BOTH days were overwhelmingly successful sales days for us!

  • Nelson Roseland says:

    Hi Pam –
    Thanks for taking to the time to write.  I appreciate the kind words.
      You’ve hit the ground running and already shown your metal.  I am so grateful.
    I think we were looking for you at the same time you were dreaming of working with us.  Maybe someday we’ll understand why we both had to wait until now.  J
    We’ll build on this year’s lessons and grow forward.
    Thank you for being wonderful.
    Best regards,
    Nelson Roseland, President
    Platinum Relations
    President of Old Colorado City Associates

  • Carole Jourdan says:

    Thank you for such a great job with last weeks events. There are always lessons to learn for everyone, buy I do believe there was great groundwork laid for the future of P & P, and the pumpkin will continue to be a big hit!
    You are a star…….
    Now looking on to Christmas…….
    Have a wonderful day !!!!!

  • Tas Blevins says:

    Christmas 2011 was the easiest and most relaxed Christmas I have ever had. Everyone got along and there were no conflicts. You couldn’t ask for anything more. Looking forward to working with you again.
    You know how to put the spirit in Christmas and make an old fat man happy. Will we be doing promotions again every year? 

  • Daniel Hammond says:


         With the heat near 100 degrees, I would imagine Christmas is the last thing on most people’s mind, unless they work for OCC and are in the midst of planning this year’s Christmas at the cabin. Which is why I wanted to let you know that I am available for photographing the children again this year, and to tell you how much I enjoyed working with you last year. And thanks for all the treats and coffee provided.

         It was nice to work with someone who understands what it takes to pull off such an event, especially when the electrical company decides to ‘flip the switch’ on our electricity, turning the cabin into a real winter wonderland. Thanks again for all the help in making last year a success. I look forward to working with you again this year.
    Take Care,

  • Marci Austin says:

    I am the owner of Envi Inc. and have worked with Pam for over a year .Pam is always pleasant and professional, and is always trying to market OCC the best way possible.I hope she will continue to expand her creativity and bring more events and foot traffic to all of OCC merchants.

  • Kathleen McFadden says:

    Hey Pam,
    I just wanted to drop you a note to say I appreciate all you’re doing with the Taste of Old Colorado event. The fire has probably slowed the momentum of ticket sales, but I feel like it’s going to be even better than last year’s and I was very pleased with the success of that one. We are going to sell out the tickets at the next Art Walk event, you just watch.

    Your enthusiasm and energy is infectious. When you pop in to give me an update, I get all fired up about the different events you work on for us. Thank you for all your hard work. You’re a real asset to us here in OCC, your love of our community shows and you’re a great ambassador for those of us who are tied up inside our businesses.

    Keep bringing people in to Old Colorado City, we appreciate it.

  • Tim Payne says:

    To Pam,

    Just a short note to say that we appreciate your help in promoting The Mason Jar, by distributing our brochures throughout the community.

    We helped sponsor the Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off with gift certificates this past fall. We look forward to working with you on future events.

    I enjoyed meeting someone who represents OCC in a positive and professional manner.

    Best regards,

    Tim Payne

  • Kang Lee says:

    Dear Pam
    It was good to see you when you visit our gallery for OCCA event.
    I am not attending OCCA meeting anymore because I got a different job to
    take care of at the gallery, I miss every one.
    I like to complement you are doing great promotions for us. Create more
    traffic and advertising, which is what we need it.
    More you do will help us more. Keep up good work.


    Kang Lee Sheppard

  • Hi Pam!

    You and I have spoken a few times. Thank you so much for planning this event and sticking with it. It is amazing how much it has grown in such a short period of time…and to me, that clearly shows that we are doing something our city appreciates and needs.

  • I have worked with Pam Gressett for about a year now and she is a huge asset in our company being involved in the OCC events. Old Colorado City has some of the best events all year long and we love being at every one of them. Pam always keeps me informed of upcoming shows, sponsorships, and other opportunities. I love having her help, and her care and generosity to others is amazing.

  • We worked with Pam during the Taste of Old Colorado in Colorado City on September 5th. We had worked many times with her, but to our delight, this time yielded three times the customers who signed up for our clinic. We are more than pleased! Keep up the good work, and keep us informed of all your events that we can be a part of.

  • Chris Sondermann says:

    “Several winters ago the first downtown Colorado Springs Holiday Stroll was launched and for many city residents a new holiday tradition was born. The core of the city comes alive with a cozy, festive spirit as families, neighbors, and friends gather to kick off the holiday season. The evening of the “Stroll” successfully blends old time traditions with contemporary flair; yes, there are carolers and nog, Santa and cookies, but revelers also will experience innovative window displays, gourmet nibbles from favorite local eateries, and goblets of merlot! A strong community and celebratory atmosphere fills the sidewalks of Tejon with laughter and conversation, and while some choose to take advantage of the many discounts retailers offer, or the beautiful custom gift wrapping, others enjoy the social moments and simply make note of ideas for future shopping forays. Come gather and feel how warm a winter evening can be! It is my favorite night of the year downtown!” Chris Sondermann, owner of Terra Verde

  • pgressett says:

    Shoestring Events,

    Speaking for Richard Skorman Inc., last night, the Holiday Stroll Downtown was wonderful! The people were all happy and engaging. The entertainment was just that… entertaining! Jill the face painter was rock’in her paint brush, Santa was regal, the “n vision” quartet sounded beautiful, and Elvis was a hoot. Would definitely do it next year.

    Laszlo, Poor Richards Bookstore, restaurant, and Little Richard’s Toystore

  • pgressett says:

    Just passing on Big kudos from Karen at KKTV regarding a great Holiday Stroll.

    Jacque Stanley
    Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs

  • pgressett says:

    Last night was a great event! You had an excellent turnout with carolers, bell ringers, skating, Santa Claus, etc. Someone is supposed to be emailing me a picture of Chris and Barry with Santa. Ill forward it when it comes in, may even have to frame it for our office.

    Sgt Jeff Strossner
    Downtown Area Response Team
    Gold Hill Division
    Colorado Springs Police Department

  • pgressett says:

    Thanks so much, Pam, for your hard work on this event and for including Pikes Peak Youth Ringers! We had a wonderful time; so many people were listening and encouraging them. We hope that you will put us in the “plan” for 2013. We would love to participate again!
    Thanks again, Pam.

    Jan Weiser
    Events Coordinator
    Pikes Peak Youth Ringers

  • pgressett says:

    I called over to the partnership to say thanks and they said it was all your doing and that you were wonderful. Of course you are.
    Thanks again.

    Karen Rivera
    Terra Verde

  • pgressett says:

    Hi Pam and all, Absolutely fabulous! What a joy it was to see a steady stream of cars on Tejon, a steady stream of strollers, and holiday cheer everywhere we looked. Who now can say, “Oh, no one goes downtown.” EVERYONE was downtown last night. I know everyone benefits so much from this kind of exposure. What’s good for one downtown is good for all! The entertainment was such a kick! We got Elvis and Marilyn last, but even after a full evening, they were performing as pros!

    Thanks so much, Pam, for all the hard work on this event. You do such a fantastic job with this and the Chic Crawl in January! Keep ’em comin’! We’ll keep wining and dining them! ks

    Karen Standridge, Ph.D.

    President, Pikes Peak Watercolor Society

    President, Gallery 113

  • pgressett says:


    Just wanted to say thanks for having us be part of last night’s DT Holiday Stroll. Already booked a lunch event for Jan. 9th. It was great and the Cottonwood Gallery staff were awesome.


    Randy Beck
    Catering Sales Specialist – Food Services

  • pgressett says:

    You have got to be so proud of what you’ve accomplished with the Holiday Stroll. YOU ARE AWESOME. Can’t wait until next year’s stroll.

    Linda Bridger, Saboz
    Colorado Springs

  • pgressett says:

    Great job Pam! You did it again!

    Alex, Mya Bella Cupcakes
    Colorado Springs

  • pgressett says:

    Great job with the Holiday Stroll! Thank you for all your hard work! 🙂

    Kristen Coover Goeser, Halo Boutique, Colorado Springs

  • pgressett says:

    People are still talking about what a wonderful time they had. Happy groups making friends with each other, music, laughter and color everywhere! You did a fabulous job coordinating this, keeping all of the merchants and restaurants happy(and that’s not easy). Thanks for all your hard work. Can’t wait to see next year. It gets better and better every year.

    Karen Rivera & Chris Sonderman
    Terra Verde, Colorado Springs

  • Erin Collins says:

    Thanks for all your work- we had a great night

    Erin Collins, Verasion Beverages, Vintages Wines

  • Jeanne Groat says:

    Hi Pam,
    Great event again this year, and the weather cooperated wonderfully. We at CJ Kard appreciate your work on this event. I am sure you were pleased with the outcome. CJ Kard was delighted to be the store for the Grand Prize winner, and boy was she thrilled!! Liz should have sent you names and pictures. If you did not receive them, please let me know.

    CJ Kard
    214 North Tejon
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903

  • pgressett says:


    It went well! We definitely loved having the carolers in. Thanks for letting us be a part of it!


    Lexie Spiranac
    Owner | Buttercup’s Frozen Yogurt

  • pgressett says:

    Hi there, Pam!!!
    What a wonderful experience the Downtown Stroll was for us! I wish we could have stayed longer – but we had to scoot off to another performance! The weather was perfect for it, too!
    We would GLADLY do that next year – and with enough notice, we could stay longer!
    Congratulations to a VERY successful event!

    Andrea Hass, Bass
    nVision Quartet
    Velvet Hills Chorus, Sweet Adelines

  • pgressett says:

    Our first time – I think it went GREAT- sales were good! Thanks again for your mad-dash efforts to get us included in that great event. Next year’s Holiday Stroll will be even better. You did an amazing job putting it together.

    Thanks again!
    Rose Rozell
    Pikes Peak Chocolate

  • pgressett says:

    Great job, Pam Gressett! You are a rock star!

    David Van Ness
    Old Colorado City

  • pgressett says:

    Fantastic event, bring it on next year! Poor Richards Inc. staff

  • pgressett says:

    I just have one thing I would like to say: Fantastic job on the stroll, Pam!!!

    Dorinda Gianarelli
    Owner, What’s In Store
    Colorado Springs

  • Melanie Siebert says:

    I had an enjoyable time shopping with you and the girls I met, on Tejon last Sunday. Let me know when the next event will happen!

    Melanie Siebert

  • Dorinda Gianarelli says:

    The shop crawl downtown was fantastic! So many girls! Financially, we did great. Everyone enjoyed the fun. Thanks for everything!

  • Peter Holdman, Willy's Emporium says:

    The Giant Pumpkin Festival:

    Just wanted to thank you for a great day on Saturday, foot traffic for us was awesome & approaching Territory days level.

    The atmosphere was wonderful, lets make more of these!


  • Don Humphrey says:

    Pam: The pumpkin weigh off this year was phenomenal. The traffic started around 9:30 and continued non stop, till we had to move people out of the way
    to get the pumpkins out. The crowds seemed to be moving from the park where the farm produce was to us and back. This was the largest number of people
    since I have been associated with the weigh off. All the pumpkin growers and vendors were pleased with the turn out.

    Don Humphrey

  • Mazie Baalman says:

    What a wonderful, wonderful day Pam!!!!! Great job!!!!! Thank you for all you do.
    MAZIE BAALMAN, owner, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Old Colorado City

  • Kenyon Jordan, editor says:

    Pam –

    Therese and I checked out the Christmas Stroll Saturday night, and I don’t recall seeing that many shops open late like that or so many people out in Old Colorado City (especially in cooler weather). What was your reaction to the turnout? Any feedback yet from the merchants and/or OCCA board?

    Kenyon Jordan, editor, Westside Pioneer

  • Jan Weiser says:

    Thank you so much, Pam!!

    Yes, we were quite pleased with our spot and the crowds that lingered there to support us. Thank you for having us once again this year. We will put this Saturday on our calendar for next year.

    Have a blessed holiday season!

    Jan and Susan, Pikes Peak Youth Ringers

  • Iakovos Topakas says:

    The Old Colorado City Christmas Stroll was amazing! We were slammed. Thanks so much for everything. It was AWESOME!!! We had carolers in the restaurant, bar was packed, it was such a festive scene!! I loved it.

    Jake Topakas
    Jake and Telly’s
    Greek Taverna

  • Bonita King says:

    The students had so much fun, even though it was very cold after 3pm. We are most thankful to have been included in your event, and will be more than happy to participate next year! Great to hear that so many enjoyed the live music! Thanks for your hospitality and keep us in mind if you have any Valentine events going in in the New Year.

    Kind regards,

    Bonita King
    Broadmoor Academy of Music

  • Hagood Yvonne says:

    I am one of the chapter sponsor with the Institute for Cultural Communicators, the organization Anita Schlichting works with.

    I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Christmas Stroll. Our chapter members were very nervous as we started out but as we progressed, and they saw how people responded to their presentation, they were excited and encouraged. People rolled down their windows while stopped at street lights and opened doors to stores to listen – with temperatures in the low 30’s! We even had people stop on the street to join in the Christmas carols. We were able to present 10 times in an hour along the both sides of the street.

    What an great opportunity to share the good news of Christmas! Thank you for the time and effort to make it happen.

    Happy New Year~

    Yvonne Hagood
    Sponsor, Chapter SHINE

  • Pam Gressett says:

    Thanks, Pam!
    You did it again. I was so pleased with the turnout yesterday and last night. Wonderful! Thank you.
    Let’s do that every weekend!

    Kathleen McFadden
    Range Gallery
    Old Colorado City

  • Pam Gressett says:

    Hi Pam… Just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful time last night at the Christmas Stroll. Scott, Jo and Neena at Lorigs are some of the sweetest people we have met. Our sincere thanks to them for their hospitality. Everyone seemed to have a nice time.
    I also enclosed some pics of Elvis and Marilyn when they stopped by.
    Thanks again, and please let me know if you have another upcoming event.
    William Wallbaum, Musician and singer

  • Pam Gressett says:

    Wow, great evening! U should be sooooooo proud.
    Mazie Baalman
    Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
    Old Colorado City

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