Steamboat businesses shuffle during mud season
April 20, 2013
Steamboat Springs — As sure as an April snowstorm each year are closings, moves, swaps and openings in the Steamboat business landscape.
"It's not just April, it happens at the end of summer, too," Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett said. "This time, it seems like quite a large number to me."
Several businesses are coming and going, with the latter outweighing the former. But Barnett is hopeful open spaces will be filled as the economy continues to turn around.
"There's going to be a lot of space open right on Lincoln," she said. "We just have to keep our fingers crossed."
Among the changes are:
■ Sears, formerly located in Riverside Plaza, will be opening in its new location in Central Park Plaza in mid-May. Its sign already is installed in the new, larger space.
"We just got the floors finished, so today we're going to bring stuff out onto the floor," warehouse manager Larry Meyer said Friday. He said they will begin moving the first week of May.
"It's bigger and obviously more centrally located, and plus with our store being in the south of the building, we'll have that exposure. People driving into town will see we have a Sears here."
■ The Steamboat Shoe Market is moving from 908 Lincoln Ave. across the street to 907 Lincoln Ave., a change co-owner Linda Petet said is really going to confuse mail carriers.
"We are going to be closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and reopening on Wednesday in the new location," she said. "It's a narrower building, but it's a lot longer, so we're gaining some space."
The Petets bought the new space years ago, and now that the lease is up on 908, they will move into the place they own. Calamity Pass Trading Co. recently closed there.
■ Downtown stores closing include Tallula Boutique & Spa, the voicemail message of which said Friday that it has gone out of business.
White Pepper will be closing May 1.
Blossom, at 811 Lincoln Ave., also is closing, and Barnett said there are plans for a new business to open there in June.
Don Tudor's Sleeping Giant Gallery has closed.
The Brown Barn Co. is closing the first week of May after a year in Steamboat. The company is consolidating to its headquarters in Wisconsin.
■ The former home of Cowboys & Angels at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue that has been empty for almost a year will be filled by a new art gallery, DKC Gallery, owned by Douglas Kenyon, the former owner of Two Rivers Gallery, Barnett said.
■ Taco Cabo owners Kent and Lily Hall could not be happier with how moving their business closer to downtown has worked out.
"We've tripled our sales," Kent Hall said. "I would say it's going very well."
Taco Cabo moved from Downhill Drive and U.S. Highway 40 to a more visible spot at 1755 U.S. 40 next to the car wash.
The restaurant offers quick counter service and has seating for 16. It is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will stay open until 7 p.m. starting in May.
Hall describes the food as Mex fusion. Tacos and burritos are offered as well as more exotic dishes, like the macaroni and cheese chorizo and pistachio burrito. It's nicknamed the 4:21 because Taco Cabo shares the building with a medical marijuana dispensary.
■ In Wildhorse Marketplace, Cafe Corretto, the coffee shop formerly called Amante Coffee, closed its doors at the end of the ski season.
Owner Brent Langevin decided to close the business and plans to move to the East Coast to be closer to his family.
Jon Sanders with Ski Town Commercial is now managing leasing and sales for Wildhorse Marketplace. He said a pizza place that will sell beer and have arcade games plans to take over the space.
Also in Wildhorse Marketplace, Sanders said Heritage Title Co. is moving into the space formerly occupied by Millennium Bank.
Ski Town Commercial also is moving its offices into the shopping center. That leaves only one vacant space in Wildhorse Marketplace.
■ Travis and Lia Blare-Coats opened the Sumatera restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs in mid-February.
The restaurant is at 1106 Lincoln Ave. in the Old West Building. The restaurant formerly was located in Oak Creek.
Travis Blare-Coats described the food as Pacific Rim cuisine.
This summer, the restaurant will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It currently is closed Sundays.
■ After operating as its own business for 30 years, Canton Chinese Restaurant has closed its doors and merged operations with its sister restaurant, Sambi Cafe.
Sambi General Manager Vicki Schlegel said menu items from both restaurants are being offered at Sambi. They offer sushi, Thai and Chinese food.
Schlegel said the restaurants were put under one roof because the Canton lease was up.
Sambi has been open for 2 1/2 years.
"It's been awesome," Schlegel said. "We just love it here."
■ A new Greek restaurant is slated to open in the Old Town Square building at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue.
Mainstreet's Barnett said the restaurant is going to offer Mediterranean grab-and-go foods like salads and gyros. The restaurant also plans to use locally produced foods.
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