Biz Buzz:
Wellness Center open to public

       When Judy Mackey and Brenda Smith bought the Garden of the Gods Club in 2013, a major initiative was to build a facility that would help people get healthy and stay that way.
       That vision took physical form in June with the grand opening in June of the $10 million International Health and Wellness Center (IHWC) at 3314 Mesa Road.
       Located next to the luxury resort's main building, the two-level, 30,000-square-foot facility, open to the public, “establishes a new model in healthcare delivery for leisure travelers, executives and groups, with a focus on integrated and proactive care,” a press release states.
       The basic intent was summed up by IHWC medical director/cardiologist Michael Barber during a grand-opening tour of the building. “People want to live longer,” he summarized. “They don't want it to feel longer.”
       The grand opening also underlined the recent renaming of the resort itself. The new moniker is the Garden of the Gods Collection.
       According to Smith, the word “Collection” reflects Mackey's and her philosophy about the resort and how it's evolved over the years. The Hill family built it after World War II - with guest accommodations, dining options, gathering places and various indoor/outdoor sports and leisure opportunities - while developing the Mesa. At that time, “it was like a private club,” Smith said; but currently, with most of the vacant land previously sold to a development group and now the wellness center added, “it's more of a collection of properties,” she elaborated.
       G.E. Johnson was the contractor.
       Manicures and therapy
       Namasté Nails recently opened in Old Colorado City at 2616 W. Colorado Ave., Ste. 17.
       The business offers manicures and pedicures.
       Owner Sharon Lilley has 20 years experience as a nail technician.
       The business is open Monday to Friday and sometimes on Saturdays.
       Namasté (nah-mas-TAY) is a term of greeting from Sanskrit that means “I bow to you.”
       “Old Colorado City is a destination for locals and tourists,” Lilley said of her business site, “with great restaurants and shops.”
       For more information, call 896-9570.
       Also in Suite 17 is Solutions Within, which offers alternative mental health brief therapy.
       Owner Pat Cassidy started the business 18 years ago in New Hampshire. Individual appointments are available on Wednesdays.
       Areas of emphasis include rebuilding from divorce and interviewing for employment.
       The phone is 603-344-6828.

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