Downtown businesses changing


— Downtown store owners are using the relative lull of autumn to change locations and, in one case, change a name.

Watch for the Ceramica of Steamboat store at 135 Eleventh St., as well as the Ceramica store in the Sheraton Steamboat, to become "vario" in the near future. The shop will continue to offer the familiar line of fine tableware and accessories from Italy. Owner Bill VanStraaten opened a vario location in Denver's Cherry Creek North district earlier this month.

Rick and Linda Petet of Steamboat Shoe Market, 837B Lincoln Ave., are planning to move a block away in the near future. The new location should be made public within several weeks. When the store moves, Rick Petet said, it will offer double the space and a more pleasant shopping atmosphere.

Todd Savalox of Images of Nature photo gallery, 906 Lincoln Ave., is looking forward to moving up the street to the Boggs Building at 730 Lincoln Ave. That building is being remodeled.

The building was purchased in June by the Duty brothers, John and Jarett, who own Bucking Rainbow Outfitters. The plan, Savalox said, has been to condominium-ize the space, allowing him to close on the purchase of his new store space. He expects to add 700 additional square feet of display space. The new store will feature a gas fireplace when it opens after Thanksgiving.

The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, 845 Lincoln Ave., closed last week. However, there already are signs in the window announcing that Fuzziwigs Candy Factory will open in that location later this fall.

The owner of Fuzziwigs is Don Grueser, the original owner of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Steamboat. He sold the store a couple of years ago, but recently took it back.

Fuzziwigs is a franchiser with several retail locations, Grueser said. He expects the new store to open before Thanksgiving.


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