This year’s Windsor Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on April 22 highlighted people and businesses key to the town’s past and future growth. Among the awards was recognition for Weakland Dental’s 25 years as a chamber member.
Owner Pat Weakland accepted the plaque commemorating the business he opened in 1989, which is located at 214 5th St.
“It’s been a serious adventure,” Weakland said after accepting the award. “We raised our kids in town. We’ve been huge community players in town. We love the town.”
He said over his 25 years as a business owner in town, he’s seen the town’s growth first-hand.
“When we moved here there were 3,000 people in town,” Weakland said. “Now there’s over 20-some-thousand people in town.”
He said supporting the chamber all these years was a no-brainer for him because of his love for the Windsor community and its people.
“We’re proud members of the Windsor community,” he said. “It’s an amazing little place. Great people. Great place to watch the kids grow. We’re fully committed to the town of Windsor.”
Weakland, along with his wife Amanda, also owns The Windsor Gardener and High Hops Brewery and Hop Farm.
“We were one of the first hop farms in Colorado,” Weakland said. “Because of that, my son and I started homebrewing beer inside the Windsor Gardener. That’s when we came up with the idea to start the brewery.”
He thanked his wife for all her support over the years.
“She’s my partner in crime with all this,” Weakland said. “I wouldn’t have been able to be a dentist without her. She put me through dental school.”
The chamber also recognized six people with Growing Windsor awards to recognize their support for the current and future growth of Windsor. They also gave awards to member businesses that had been with the chamber for 35, 25, 20, 15 and 10 years.