62 episodes

Explore the fascinating, eclectic, and entertaining people and organizations of Crested Butte, CO- and the entire Gunnison Valley. Find out why Crested Butte Is Home for them, and how they got here. If you love Crested Butte and the mountain lifestyle, this is the podcast for you.

Crested Butte Is Home Frank Konsella

    • Places & Travel
    • 5.0, 22 Ratings

Explore the fascinating, eclectic, and entertaining people and organizations of Crested Butte, CO- and the entire Gunnison Valley. Find out why Crested Butte Is Home for them, and how they got here. If you love Crested Butte and the mountain lifestyle, this is the podcast for you.

    Ep. 61 Kyleena Falzone | Secret Stash, Travel, Philanthropy

    Ep. 61 Kyleena Falzone | Secret Stash, Travel, Philanthropy

    Kyleena Falzone is originally from Buffalo, New York.  From a young age, she knew she wanted to work in the restaurant business, and that only intensified after a visit with relatives in Sicily, Italy, who owned a restaurant there.  For several years, Kyleena would work in restaurants from Vail to the Hamptons, learning as much as she could about the business, and spending off seasons pursuing her other love- traveling to far-off locales like India.  So far, she's visited roughly 90 countries across the world.
    When the time was right, she opened a coffee shop in Western New York, but she was ready for a change and fell in love with Crested Butte and a small restaurant space at the end of Elk Avenue, where she opened the original Secret Stash pizza location. She also runs Bonez in the historic Powerhouse location, and for a short time also had a unique concept in Mount Crested Butte called The Sweet Spot, although that didn't work out quite as planned so we talked about that as an interesting counterpoint to the amazing success she's had at "the Stash".
    Finally, we talked about what she's been doing during the Corona Virus pandemic.  Free food, farmer's markets, delving into social media- Kyleena is one entrepreneur who has not shied away from making changes and keeping her businesses top of mind, while also helping locals at the same time.  Her realization that she has a real knack (and voice) for raising money is now leading her to another project- this time a non-profit.
    Crested Butte Real Estate Minute:
    June 2020 has been an incredibly busy month in Crested Butte real estate.  Appraisers and title companies are so busy that it's hard to get an appointment in less than 5 weeks.  Low inventory continues to be a problem, so if you (or someone you know) are considering selling property in Gunnison or Crested Butte, give me a call.  Stay up to date on real estate news in Crested Butte by signing up for my monthly market updates here.  
    Learn More:
    Secret Stash
    Bonez

    • 55 min
    Ep. 60 Derrick Nehrenberg | Mapping Brains, Mapping Trails

    Ep. 60 Derrick Nehrenberg | Mapping Brains, Mapping Trails

    Derrick Nehrenberg grew up in 30 different places, although most of them were in the Southeast.  After high school, he attended college for a year and sold books in the summer.  He was known to drive a bit fast at his summer job, however, and therefore a judge suggested a stint in the military (and yes, it's as good of a story as it sounds).  So the military it was- for 5 years.
    After the military, Derrick went back to college to become a behavioral neuroscientist/geneticist.  He was studying mice and traits within those mice, with an ultimate goal of helping people.  But he eventually decided that the best way to help people was actually to help them get outside more often.  So he traded academia for the trails, and began mapping trails in Colorado.
    Eventually, he and his partner began developing phone apps for trail systems and that's when the Gunnison/ Crested Butte Tourism Association asked him to not only map all 750+ miles of singletrack in the area, but to also develop a "game" for people to ride or hike all of the trails in the area, which was dubbed Trailquest.  To date, five people have completed this challenge.  That contest led to other applications, including turn by turn navigation and virtual racing events like the Gunnison Growler, which had to be cancelled (at least in person) in 2020 due to the Corona Virus.
    Crested Butte Real Estate Minute:
    Indications from the first two weeks of June are that the Crested Butte and Gunnison real estate market are recovering from Coronavirus quickly.  Pending contracts have nearly doubled and inventory is once again rising (though still low overall).  Stay up to date on real estate news in Crested Butte by signing up for my monthly market updates here.  
    Learn More:
    CBG Trails/ Trailquest
    TerraQuest

    • 41 min
    Ep. 59 Jenny Stillo | Honduran Olympic Nordic Skier, and Journey of the Camino

    Ep. 59 Jenny Stillo | Honduran Olympic Nordic Skier, and Journey of the Camino

    Jenny Stillo grew up in warm sunny Honduras, playing on the beach and studying in both English and Spanish at the American school.  For college, she ended up at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, which was trying to attract more international students at the time.  Despite the cold weather and cultural shock, Jenny liked the area and stayed after graduation as so many others do, eventually starting a family and working in Crested Butte.
    She began nordic skiing and it turned out she was good at it, too- placing highly in a regional race series.  That's when things got really interesting- Denver TV stations picked up on the story of the Honduran nordic skier, and the next thing Jenny knew, the Honduran Olympic committee asked her to represent the country at the 1992 winter games in Albertville France.  Whiile she may not have been a contender at the races against athlete powerhouses like Norway and Sweden, it was (obviously) still an amazing experience and she remains the only winter athlete from Honduras.
    Recently, she and a friend hiked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain.  She describes this journey as being on par with her Olympic experience.  I recently hiked a shorter portion of this same route and confirm that "the Camino" is an incredible adventure.
    Crested Butte Real Estate Minute:
    Real Estate Sales in Crested Butte and Gunnison fell in May 2020 due to the Coronavirus, but June already appears to be on the upswing.  Stay up to date on real estate news in Crested Butte by signing up for my monthly market updates here.  
    Learn More:
    Camino de Santiago Wiki page
    Jenny Stillo professional translation services

    • 51 min
    Ep. 58 Scott Williams | Olympic Field Hockey

    Ep. 58 Scott Williams | Olympic Field Hockey

    Scott Williams grew up in a number of places, including Reno, Nevada, where he used to ski.  But it was when he was in Southern California during the 1984 summer Olympic games that he was introduced to field hockey, a moment that would change his life.  Scott took to the sport quickly and was able to train with some of the best Americans in the sport.  Field hockey, for those of you who don't know, is perhaps a bit more like soccer with a stick, than it is to ice hockey.
    After high school, he went to the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs to further his field hockey goals.  He was able to qualify for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and while the team didn't do as well as they hoped, it was still an amazing experience.  Scott was even near the bombing that sadly took place that year, an event which he describes in this interview.
    We end the conversation talking about what it's like to work from home- something that is new to many people during these Coronavirus times, but something he's been doing for years.
    Crested Butte Real Estate Minute:
    Interest rates remain historically low, which means lower monthly payments, a hedge against inflation, and more buying power.  Waiting to buy property may result in higher prices and higher interest rates.  Visit CrestedButteRealEstateAgent.com for more information or to contact Frank Konsella directly.
    Learn More:
    Field Hockey Wikipedia Page
    Western Governor's University

    • 46 min
    Ep. 57 Alan Bernholtz | LA Surf Bum - Mountain Guide - Crested Butte Mayor

    Ep. 57 Alan Bernholtz | LA Surf Bum - Mountain Guide - Crested Butte Mayor

    Alan Bernholtz grew up in sunny Los Angeles, California and unsurprisingly took to surfing.  Certain aspects of the surf scene didn't appeal to him however, so at 18 he packed up moved to Aspen.  But Aspen never felt like the friendly community he was looking for, and a chance visit to Crested Butte convinced Alan to move here.
    After a few other jobs, Alan eventually began working for Jean Pavillard and Adventures to the Edge guide service.  He began guiding on his own in the summer and eventually bought the guide service which was renamed Crested Butte Mountain Guides.  He sold that company to some of his guides and then helped Eleven Experience set up their cat skiing operation in Irwin.
    But what we spoke about a lot in this interview was community.  It was that sense of community that led to Alan running for town council and eventually mayor.  His guiding focus?- keeping that sense of community in Crested Butte strong, after all, that's what convinced him to move here.  Alan is a natural story teller, so this episode flows right along and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.  PS- it is marked as "explicit", so keep that in mind when you listen to this episode.
    Crested Butte Real Estate Minute:
    Sales in April 2020 saw a dip, but it wasn't nearly as drastic as one might think given the COVID-19 outbreak.  In Gunnison, there have even been bidding wars for new homes.  The best way to stay up to date on Gunnison and Crested Butte real estate?  Sign up for my newsletter.
    Learn More:
    Eleven Experience

    • 54 min
    Ep. 56 Arvin Ramgoolam | From Miami to Townie Books owner and writer

    Ep. 56 Arvin Ramgoolam | From Miami to Townie Books owner and writer

    Arvin Ramgoolam was born in Trinidad and Tobago- I was fairly certain that those islands are just off the coast of Venezuela, but it took a Google search to confirm it.  From there, he emigrated to Miami and yet somehow, he still found his way to Crested Butte (don't worry, it's a good story that you'll hear).
    An opportunity to open a coffee shop with his then-girlfriend (now wife) Danica led to Rumors Coffee and Tea House.  Just a couple of years later, another opportunity arrived and they took over the adjoining bookstore space and named it Townie Books.  For a bookworm like Arvin who would often read three books a week, owning a bookstore is a perfect career.  But it's more than that, and we talk about the community aspects of owning a coffee/ book store.
    Finally, Arvin and I talk about the craft of being a writer.  He was recently awarded with a fellowship that allows him the freedom to work on his own stories and ideas.  I hope you enjoy this episode of the Crested Butte is Home Podcast-
    Crested Butte Real Estate Minute:
    Many people are asking me what the local real estate market will do due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The honest answer is that we just don't know yet.  Thus far, I have not seen a drop in prices, but we just don't know.  The best way to stay up to date on Gunnison and Crested Butte real estate?  Sign up for my newsletter.
    Learn More:
    Townie Books
    Rumors Coffee and Tea House
    High Country Conservation Advocates
    Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship
    Townie Books GoFundMe Page

    • 52 min

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What makes CB special?

The mountains catch your attention when you arrive, but the people are really the secret behind the uniqueness of Crested Butte. In this podcast Frank meets up with various CB residents and lets them reveal how they got there, why they stay, and what makes it what it is.

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Great conversations about the community!

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My wife and I are currently one year out from our move to CB! This podcast has helped us get to know about the many amazing aspects of this valley! I love that most of your guests said the reason they call CB home is the “community”. It has made us feel more comfortable with our move and very excited to officially call CB home in the (not near enough) future!

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