The Ring of Champions

Maria and Anthony Archuleta are in the process of fulfilling one of Anthony’s long time dreams – to own and run a boxing gym. Anthony used to box when he was young and remembers how it affected him. He wants to share his passion to influence youngsters.

“I lived in Las Vegas for a while and trained at a gym there. I experienced first-hand how it changed me and saw it changing others. My business partner and coach, Ernie Trujillo and I now want to affect the lives of others in a positive way,” Anthony explains.

The partners began renovating an old auto body shop more than a year ago. Anthony built the boxing ring himself, after purchasing one that broke soon after they started using it.

They met with Executive Director, Liz Ross to discuss the financial plan for The Ring of Champions in Ignacio. Ross helped break-down the cost of the building and other on-going expenses. They then analyzed what the cost for membership should be and how many members they would need to cover expenses. She proposed places they could apply to for grants and funding.

“This is still a labor of love,” Maria explains. “We are not making much money but we see the changes that are happening in the kids that come.” The gym has a double-end bag, an upper cut bag, a bead bag, a heavy bag, a jump rope area and an elliptical machine. They have a separate room for cardio workouts.

Future plans include a sporting goods store where schools and individuals can purchase the clothing and equipment needed for seasonal sports. Their longer term goals include offering after-school tutoring and bringing in guest speakers to talk to the kids.

Anthony says, “Some kid’s parents used to box so they understand the value and how important it is. The kids love it. It gives them an outlet and helps them control their anger. Through boxing they see that their actions have immediate consequences. It’s like a chess game. You have to strategize and anticipate your opponents moves – it’s psychological as well as physical.”

Jitters’ Java

Jitters Java: Where Every Burrito is Made with Love Jitters Java had been closed for more than three years. Yet, through its shuttered doors, Aimee Beauregard saw potential. Aimee had just experienced some monumental life changes that left her looking for purpose. The more she thought about it, the more she realized that she needed to find a way to give back to the community. She knew Marwa and Greg, the original owners of the

Read More »
Southwest Discovered

Southwest Discovered (SWD) is a weekly blog/mini e-magazine founded by Amy and Jim Dodson. Their passion for the Southwest, along with a ‘forever tourist’ mindset was inspiration for the website. What began as a personal blog about the region’s cuisine evolved into a business. SWD would detail their road trips and experiences, highlighting their discovery of Southwest culture, people and landscapes through art and story. When they were transitioning away from the blog in 2015,

Read More »
Pura Vida

By Malia Durbano After four years in private practice, Naturopathic Doctor, Nicola St. Mary, decided it was time to pursue her dream of building a cooperative natural healthcare practice. With the vision in mind, she began assembling practitioners to join her and the search for a building. Dr. Nicola contacted Joe Keck to “totally understand the resources that were available.” After talking with Joe and his assistant, Lynn Asano, Dr. Nicola was referred to the

Read More »
Countryside Disposal

Herman Rosas has worked in the trash disposal business in Cortez for twenty years.  He had developed a stellar reputation amongst the customers he served over that span.  In 2016, one disposal company Herman used to work for sold their business to their corporate competitor, which made them the only disposal business in town.  He and his wife, Kim, started to receive calls soon after from former customers.  The people asked them to start their own business.  They were unhappy

Read More »
BC Signs, LLC

“I remember the first time I met Joe Keck, I was huddled by a wood stove in a 4,000 square foot building accompanied by a meager video inventory and a vinyl cutter”, said Bryce Capron, on meeting Joe in at his place of business in Dove Creek. He sat next to the fire with me and we talked. “It was my first contact with a resource that I value and rely on to this day.”

Read More »
Smitty’s Liquors

When Barb Higgins, her son Shiloh and his business partner Doug Jorgensen wanted to buy Smitty’s Liquors in Cortez, the first thing she did was call Joe Keck, who she had known for years. She knew the owners of Smitty’s and they were ready to retire. Her son and his partner had run a successful skateboard and clothing store in Las Vegas, but wanted to come back to Colorado. Higgins and her husband decided to

Read More »