Press Release

TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon and Owner Gail Ridings Win Awards
for Outstanding Business and Community Leadership

TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon in Evergreen, Colorado, was voted “Best Day Spa in Denver” in the 2008 A-List competition sponsored by Denver’s 7, the local ABC-TV affiliate. During the summer and early fall, viewers were invited to go online to vote for their favorite businesses from among select nominees.

Comments like “not only was my facial wonderful, but the atmosphere was heavenly” and “they are purely outstanding, you will never get better attention, period” were underscored by one viewer who added “you just never want to leave.” More comments from viewers can be seen at

Leadership Evergreen

In November 2008, TallGrass owner, Gail Ridings, received the Leadership Evergreen award at the organization’s annual banquet. For the past 13 years, Ms. Ridings has lived in Evergreen, operated a successful business and become known as a leading figure in the community. “She received this award,” says Leadership Evergreen Chair Scott Browning, “because she is an individual who has outstanding leadership qualities and unique dedication to the Evergreen Mountain Community.” Visit for more information.

Business of the Year

Earlier this year, TallGrass was named Business of the Year by the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting.

“From the first moment she came to Evergreen and opened her business, Gail reached out,” says Melanie Nuchols, President of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce. “She makes herself and her business known by working with other organizations.” Ms. Ridings is a member of the Rotary Club and past president of the Chamber of Commerce. She maintains a longstanding relationship with the Mountain Resource Center, a non-profit organization serving mountain area residents, and the Evergreen Rodeo Association. “The thing I respect about Gail,” says Ms. Nuchols, “is she’s a smart business person who promotes her own business, but also knows how to connect other businesses with hers. She attracts customers to TallGrass and then encourages them to stay overnight, eat, shop and support businesses in our town.” For more information, visit

Award-Winning TallGrass

Since TallGrass opened in 1995, the spa and its owner have collected awards and recognitions from local publications like 5280 Magazine, Colorado Biz Magazine and the Rocky Mountain News and nationally from a long list of publications that includes O the Oprah Magazine, Lucky Magazine and Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Located in the Rocky Mountain foothills community of Evergreen, and situated in a beautiful mountain valley with views of snow-capped mountains, a meandering creek and herds of grazing elk, TallGrass is about a one-hour drive from downtown Denver. It offers a full menu of luxurious spa and hair care services, catered lunches, boutique shopping and exclusively features Aveda products and treatments.

For more information, visit or call 303-670-4444.

Posted: December 2008