Steamboat Home Consignments opens under family ownership
March 16, 2011
If you go
Steamboat Home Consignments furniture and antique store, 1025 Lincoln Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 970-870-8555.
Steamboat Springs — Evlyn Hukriede often thought if she ever owned a business, she'd be serving plates rather than selling tables.
"A restaurant, maybe, yes, but never a furniture store," Hukriede said.
But a furniture store it is. Hukriede is the new owner of Steamboat Home Consignments, along with her husband, Robert Hukriede; her daughter, Andrea Hukriede; and Andrea's boyfriend, Norman Schommers.
On a busy morning last week, Evlyn and Andrea sipped coffee and pondered the piles of furniture, antiques and consignment goods scattered across the store, which was in the middle of rearrangements after the recent change in ownership.
"Right now, we're just moving things from point A to point B," Andrea said with a laugh.
Steamboat Home Consignments is in the former location of Circa 1025 and the K. Saari Gallery, in the Pilot Office Outfitters building, 1025 Lincoln Ave., in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Evlyn Hukriede had managed Circa 1025 since summer 2010, after she ended six years of work at Creekside Cafe & Grill. When K. Saari Gallery moved and the Circa 1025 owner left Steamboat, she said she saw an opportunity for the family business that she and her loved ones had long sought and that they hope will allow them to stay in town.
"We want to live in Steamboat," said Evlyn Hukriede, a native of North Yorkshire, England. "There's nowhere I'd rather be than here."
The family is entering a consignment industry that's bustling. Annie's Home Consignments in Sundance Plaza and Steamboat Moxie Home Consignments and Design on Shield Drive, for example, sell home furnishings through the consignment process.
Evlyn Hukriede said Steamboat Home Consignments will differentiate itself by its antiques and by offering high-end furnishings gathered from estate sales and other sources.
"It's going to be a little different than what Annie's and Moxie's are doing," she said.
Annie Tisch, owner of Annie's Home Consignments, recently stopped by the new business to wish the Hukriedes well.
Evlyn and Andrea Hukriede said they've already received support and well wishes from local friends.
"I'm really pleased I've had this kind of response from the community," Evlyn Hukriede said. "We hope people pop in and look around."