Business roundup: Tasting emporium, Mexican restaurant open in downtown Steamboat Springs |

Business roundup: Tasting emporium, Mexican restaurant open in downtown Steamboat Springs

— Two Steamboat Springs women have dived into the specialty market of olive oils, balsamic vinegars and other kitchen condiments by opening a retail shop downtown.

June Lindenmayer describes Elevated Olive as a tasting emporium with 25 types of olive oil, 19 balsamic vinegars, olives, exotic salts, mustard, marinades and ceramics. Lindenmayer and Carol Parish opened the store about two weeks ago at 708 Lincoln Ave. next to Beau Jo's.

The women decided to open the business after visiting similar types of businesses.

"We had visited several of these and were just inspired by the freshness and at the difference it makes in the taste as well as your health," Lindenmayer said. "It's something we thought Steamboat was ready for because Steamboat is a very health-conscious community."

The products are stored in fustis, stainless steel containers imported from Italy. Before buying, customers can taste samples by pouring some from the spigots on the fustis.

Many of the products are imported, and the selection often is determined by the growing season. For example, Elevated Olive currently has products from Chile and Australia. On Thursday, Lindenmayer was expecting a shipment to arrive with products from Italy and France.

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Lindenmayer said the business has been well-received by the community.

"We've had a ball," said Lindenmayer, who worked at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp for 11 years before opening the business.

Elevated Olive’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The phone number is 970-879-0300.

New Mexican restaurant moves in

Steamboat said farewell to Tequila’s Family Mexican Restaurant in the fall and now is welcoming a new Mexican restaurant.

La Mex Mexican Grill, 425 Lincoln Ave., has been in the midst of a soft opening since last week. Some of the faces at the new restaurant might look familiar because some of the employees came from La Fiesta Grill & Cantina in Central Park Plaza. Both restaurants are owned by the Ruiz family.

Perla Ruiz said she is the manager of La Mex and her brother Edgar Ruiz manages La Fiesta, which opened in November 2011. Their father, Luis Ruiz, and uncle Miguel Ruiz own La Mex. Miguel Ruiz also owns La Fiesta.

The family intends to operate both restaurants that offer different styles of Mexican food. Edgar Ruiz said La Fiesta offers more modern Mexican cuisine while La Mex focuses on more traditional dishes.

Perla Ruiz said she loves the fajitas at La Mex and also is fond of the seafood burritos and enchiladas.

"We have great prices if you compare to other places," she said.

La Mex is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

New nail salon, spa opens downtown

Perry Spiehs said he and his wife, Ha Spiehs, were tired of turning customers away, so they opened a second nail and spa location downtown.

Steamboat Nails opened Feb. 2 at 906 Lincoln Ave. and Steamboat Spa Nails opened in August 2009 on Sixth Street between Yampa Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Perry Spiehs said during four or five months of the year, the original location is too busy to keep up with customer demand.

"It's not only frustrating to us," Spiehs said. "It's frustrating to our customers."

So far, the new location is doing well, he said, and they are getting a lot of foot traffic from people shopping downtown.

Both businesses offer waxing, manicures, pedicures and massage therapy.

The new location is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The phone number is 970-871-4792.

Rusted Porch expands

The Rusted Porch restaurant has completed its expansion into a neighboring space in Wildhorse Marketplace.

Employee Teneil Jayne said the added space allows them to host large groups of 50 or more people for meetings and catered parties.

The Rusted Porch, which serves American comfort food, opened in November 2011.

The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m to 9 p.m. The phone number is 970-879-1455.

Panda Garden closure

No details were available Thursday about why the Panda Garden restaurant in Central Park Plaza has closed.

The men thought to have owned or managed the restaurant as well as Tim Lowe — with THF Realty, which owns and manages Central Park Plaza — did not reply to emails seeking comment.

The restaurant has been closed for at least two weeks.

A sign on the door indicates the restaurant is closed for construction, but no construction could be seen taking place inside the business Thursday.

Last month, Panda Garden was one of 10 Steamboat businesses that failed a state-run alcohol compliance check. An employee was suspected of selling alcohol to a 16-year-old who was working undercover. Businesses that failed the state compliance check face penalties ranging from a warning to a fine to possible liquor license suspension.

Panda Garden's liquor license is not set to expire until April 22, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Michael Zopf, director of Routt County Environmental Health, said he does not know why it closed.

"The license wasn't revoked," Zopf said. "They weren't ordered to shut down."

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email

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