We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Clift and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When Paul and I decided that we wanted to create Samana, we had already had a few businesses that we owned. Paul was a relator for over 20 years in Colorado, and I started a small interior design business. Our thoughts on the Float business was being of service. We were in the service industry already as a Realtor and designer, but we wanted to be more involved in helping others feel better, and the personal aspects that floating brings. Paul had lost a dear friend of his to Cancer at a very young age, and it was a catalyst to create a business that would help people and support our community on the terms that we wanted. So that is how Samana was created, Everything we do at Samana is coming from a place of service.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Samana Float Center is a 4 tank float center with two location in Colorado. We pride ourselves on making floating comfortable for everyone at any age. We like to make ourselves stand out by supporting local artist and having the float center also be a always evolving art gallery. Owing a float center is not easy and is by far the hardest job Paul and I have ever had. The challenges are always testing your patience and resiliency, however, it is also the most rewarding job that we have ever had! Hard work and determination are a given, but really having a love for the industry is really the key to being successful. Being of service to others and helping your community learn about floating are the main steps to having a successful float center. Also, cleanliness and attention to all the details no matter how small they maybe!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It would have to be split up! Between Denver and Fort Collins! Denver: Grab a scooter and head to RiNo (River North) to see the amazing street art from artists around the Globe. Stop into the Matchbox for a drink! A local dive bar that is seriously one of my favorite places! Great charm and awesome bartenders. Have a appetizer on the patio of il Posto. The homemade burrata is amazing! Then head over to Work and Class to say hello to Tony and have Max make you a cocktail! Order the Massive Attack Salad and the Whole chicken, to share of course! Fort Collins: Rent some bikes and hit the Pouder Trail! You will end up at a few breweries, New Belgium and O’Dell’s Grab a margarita at the Rio, You are maxed a three, and they pack a punch! Get a Pizza at Nicks Italian or Head to Cacciatore’s at Hellers kitchen for wine on tap and the best potato Gnocchi I have ever had! Then walk about 100 feet to have a cone at Josh and Jons Ice Cream! Moose on the Loose is t=my favorite!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would have to give my SHOUTOUT to the awesome people at Float On in Portland Oregon! Graham Talley and Ashkann Jahromi have been our mentors and our dearest friends since the day we decided to take on this adventure. They created a mentor program dedicated to teaching you all you need to know about owning, operating and building your float center. We seriously would not be successful without them in our corner!
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