Tressa Fisher

Meet Tressa Fisher, owner, and designer for New Market Home Staging. “At New Market Home Staging we stage vacant homes and also offer partial staging to help showcase the property. We also offer occupied consultations which means I come to your home and start at the street looking for ways to increase curb appeal and then go from room to room to help sellers with every single thing to get their home ready to list. The whole goal is to help sellers minimize the showings and get their home sold in the fastest time frame. Tia Gray did a wonderful job training me regarding the most appropriate way to approach someone’s décor that may need to be changed. We deal with pets, odors, cleanliness, rugs, everything inside the home to help create a beautiful space and help them sell. We are professional home stagers and our job is to help them get their home ready to appeal to the masses which includes all religions, whether they hunt or not, whether they love garden ornaments or not so that when potential buyers walk into the home they can envision themselves living in the home versus seeing it as the sellers home. We see it as the longer that we spend with our clients allows more time for a Realtor to sell and find buyers. We understand we are walking into someone’s home – which there is no space more personal than your home – and it isn’t as biased having a 3rd party come in to make suggestions.”

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Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?

A: I had worked for Grand Junction Parks & Recreation which I absolutely loved. We worked really hard and also had a lot of fun, but in the back of my mind, my dream job was always to do home staging. I had watched a program on Barb Schwarz, the creator of home staging, and realized I really wanted to help beautify listings in The Grand Valley. I had a string of bad events happen in my life – 3 people very close to me became very sick, so I took a leave of absence from Parks & Recreation to be with my loved ones. I then found myself in a position of now what? And after all of this loss and heartache, we had to move and move quickly. I wanted to stage my own home but I did not have time. I found Tia Gray and got to know her.  She had been staging in Portland, Oregon but hadn’t been doing much here. I had her come over to stage our home and decided I wanted to help her! I let her know that I had always wanted to do what she was doing and then one day I reached out to her and told her that if she was ever looking for more help, I would be honored to work for her. It just so happened that she needed help so I worked for her part-time for a few months and then I approached her and said I want in! So, I bought into New Market Staging, and Tia and I became business partners! We started building up our inventory for staging homes and things just kind of took off! We went from her small little storage area to a big warehouse. I have so much respect for Tia for how she started out and the way she grew things. Tia has since retired so I ended up buying her out and she now lives in Kentucky and is loving life. She is still very invested in the business and I always want to pass on to her what she created.

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Q: What is your favorite restaurant in The Grand Valley, and what do you love there?

A: I’m a huge fan of WW Peppers. I love the chicken cheese and sour cream enchiladas. I also love Spoons and everything that they stand for. Their quiche is amazing! In fact, everything at Spoons is delicious.

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Q: How long have you lived or worked in The Grand Valley?

A: I was born in El Dorado, Kansas. I have lived here in The Grand Valley about 45 years.

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Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in The Grand Valley?

A: That would be Rick Kralicek. One of my dearest friends. He had lived here for a very very long time. We just lost Rick last year. He lived his life the way he wanted to and he went out the way he wanted to – peaceful in his sleep. Absolutely remarkable man! When my husband and I were young we bought a video store here and Rick worked there so when we bought the store, we inherited Rick and that is how we got to know him. He and my husband became best friends over the years and long story short, Blockbuster came to town and so all of us little mom & pop video stores went out of business. We sold the videos but we kept Rick! He had fascinating stories; he served in Vietnam, an American hero – he was a purple heart, he was blown out of not 1 but 2 helicopters in his lifetime and he also survived Agent Orange. He was a sheriff in Aspen later in his life and was part of the arresting team of Ted Bundy. Rick actually transported Ted back to jail after he escaped out of the courtroom window. The stories he had were both horrifying and fascinating. He loved to fish and probably fished every lake in the Grand Valley. After Rick passed away my husband received a letter from the President of the United States signed by him personally thanking us for his service to his country as we were his only family. We are just surrounded by amazing human beings and I think it is just so important that we take the time to hear people’s stories.

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Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?  And why?

A: I would like my next trip to be in Nova Scotia. I was on an airplane once returning from Europe and I sat next to a woman who must’ve been in her 70’s and she shared some wonderful stories with me. She had traveled everywhere and she told me that Nova Scotia was the most beautiful and peaceful place she had ever been to.

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Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?

A: The first movie I saw in a theatre was Star Wars at The Cooper Theatre which is now The Avalon.

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Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?

A: Worry less, embrace the fact that we’re only here for a short time, and travel more. You will never regret seeing the world.

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Q: What is something on your bucket list?

A: Bora Bora!

I’ve also always wanted to learn how to play the piano and I just bought myself a piano for my birthday and started taking lessons.

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Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?

A: Vanilla & also gasoline (it reminds me of my grandpa)

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Q: What current/former local business makes you the most nostalgic about The Grand Valley?

A: Prime-Cut & the big cow!

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Q: Choosing any non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch?  Why?  Where in The Grand Valley would you have lunch?

A: Ellen DeGeneres. She’s such a good human and I would just be honored to have one-on-one uninterrupted time with her to laugh and share stories. She is so kind and giving and I would take her to a catered lunch on The Grand Mesa and show her the view of The Grand Valley.

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Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about The Grand Valley?

A: The friendships I have here. I love that we are growing and developing and still have a bit of a “small-town” vibe.

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Q: What is your favorite landmark in The Grand Valley?

A: The mountains and Art on the Corner

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Q:  What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?

A: I cannot chew gum – I always end up with a sore throat within a couple of minutes so I just cannot chew it. I also save every $5 dollar bill that I come into contact with.

My grandfather worked for NASA and the Department of Defense and was an inventor and our family was protected by the United States Secret Service.

Also, I don’t believe people know that I kind of live a double life. I am a home stager and designer by daytime, so I’m dressed up when I meet my clients, professional, and do what I need to do to help people and then I go home and I live on a farm. I am a design diva by day and a farmer’s wife all the rest of the time. While I might be designing your home or doing a stage during the day, I might have also been up until 3 am that morning because a mother-cow is trying to deliver and we had to pull a calf. I drive tractors, you name it! We inherited my father-in-law’s farm – Frank Fisher – who has farmed here in the Valley for 50+ years. We farm cattle, hay, corn, and we do a lot of custom work. It’s just in my husband’s blood – he has been farming since he was 10. We don’t farm because we make a ton of money, we farm because it’s the right thing to do. We’re not only upholding Frank’s legacy but it’s something we love.

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Q:  If you could be on any game show what would it be?

A: Wheel of Fortune

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Q:  What is your favorite time of the year?

A: Late May/early June. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

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Q:  What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?

A: Staging, comfort, and love. One of my favorite sayings is, “Life takes you to unexpected places, love brings you home.”

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Q:  Who would you like to see nominated for this project, The Faces of The Grand Valley?

A: Wendi Gechter

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Q:  If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?

A: Hugh Jackman. He is EXTREMELY talented and very good looking. Or – my celebrity crush – The Rock.

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Q:  If you had a full-time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose & why?

Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer or Nanny?

A: Physical Fitness Trainer. I think that if you really dedicate yourself to working out then you may be able to get away with eating a few things that you maybe shouldn’t.

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