Cafe, florist slated for Wildhorse

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A florist and a bistro/cafe will be among the mix of retail shops, restaurants and services at Wildhorse Marketplace.

Developer Whitney Ward said this week that he signed a lease with a local businessperson who will operate a floral shop, Tall Tulips, between Quiznos sandwiches and Amanti Coffee, which opened Monday.

Across the way, Truffle Pig, an independent bistro-style restaurant, will occupy a large space at the end of the building near Ben and Jerry's ice cream shop.

Both businesses should be open by Christmas, Ward said.

"Our leasing has gone extremely well," said Ward, who also is negotiating with a jeweler, bank and linen store.

He hopes to attract an art gallery and specialty grocery store to the commercial center.

The buildings are part of the first phase of the development at Mount Werner Road and Central Park Drive. The first phase included the Gart Sports building and another large building housing Prudential Steamboat Reality and Ward's offices.

Ward is bidding out construction for a six-screen movie theater that will be adjacent to the coffee shop. Ward and partners had hoped to complete the building this winter but may not break ground until spring because of high building costs, he said.

A roundabout already in place will separate the two commercial buildings in the center of the development with the second phase, which will mirror the two buildings. Second-phase construction could start next summer, Ward said.

In September, developers will make official the Wildhorse theme with a large steel sculpture of a horse at the roundabout.

The unique, "found object" piece was commissioned by Ver-mont artist Martin McGowan with the help of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.

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