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Hat shop and mulling spices business among new shops in Steamboat

— Opening a commercial kitchen is no small challenge, but now that Fixins Kitchen is open at 135 11th St., local cooking instructors, caterers and food wholesalers don't have to go through the brain damage.

Sandi Nelson's and Heather Philmon's bright and roomy kitchen in a historic building across Soda Creek from Creekside Cafe is available to rent for $15 an hour.

Fixins Kitchen is home to the wholesale cider mulling spices business Nelson and Philmon brought with them to Steamboat from Katy, Texas.

"We operated our business in Katy (outside Houston) for 20 years, and we have accounts with 700 stores nationwide," Philmon said. "We came to Steamboat to ski, hang out and read books. But we sold more than 5,000 (units) last winter just at Artisans Market, Off the Beaten Path and Central Park Liquor. We sold 800 in two weeks at Central Park alone."

The mulling spice, packaged in halved and dried citrus shells, is made more appealing by a homey reindeer decoration.

Nelson said the commercial kitchen, which already has been licensed by the Routt County Department of Environmental Health, already has three clients, including a chef who intends to give cooking lessons there. Also planning to operate there this winter are a bread baker and a homemade soup chef.

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Before long, it will offer retail sales of the soups and breads, and people are welcome to stop by any time for a free bag of frozen citrus pulp for their home juicers.

In the meantime, call 970-879-6686 to book kitchen time.

Elsewhere in downtown Steamboat, Matt Royer and partner Rianna Harris have just opened the Steamboat Hat Shop on the upper level of Old Town Square next to Backcountry Provisions at 635 Lincoln Ave.

Royer studied ski and snowboard business at Colorado Mountain College here where he earned an associate degree. Since then, he has worked as a sales rep for clothing manufacturers. The shop features locally produced knit winter hats and out-of-the-ordinary ball caps, among other lines.

North of Lincoln Avenue, at 414 Oak St., Steamboat resident Kassandra Collins has opened a full service salon and spa, Acqua, in newly renovated space.

She said she is proud to employ seven local residents and to have used local service businesses, including architects, contractors, marketing, legal and financial professionals.

The range of services at Acqua Salon and Spa is broad, including styling wedding parties, artificial nails, ear piercing, teeth whitening and much more. Upcoming special events will benefit local causes.

At 624 Lincoln Ave., next to Overland Sheepskin, well-known Steamboat interior designer Traci Clark and Deb Martin have opened Branches in the space formerly occupied by Rustique. Look for unusual home d├ęcor and accessories at Branches. And Clark will operate Finial Design from the storefront.

Walden retailer Amy Symonds comes to downtown Steamboat with Calamity Pass Trading Co. at 908 Lincoln Ave. in the building Rick and Linda Petet, of Steamboat Shoe Co., restored last year to reveal a historic advertising sign on an interior wall.

Symonds' shop in Walden is called Hoopla. She will offer "retail, vintage, western, gallery, handmade and new" merchandise at Calamity Pass.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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