Arctic Liquors clerk Cathy McMunn rings up Bing Satre on Thursday afternoon in the store west of downtown Steamboat Springs. A new state law that went into effect this week means liquor stores can now be open on Sundays.

Photo by John F. Russell

Arctic Liquors clerk Cathy McMunn rings up Bing Satre on Thursday afternoon in the store west of downtown Steamboat Springs. A new state law that went into effect this week means liquor stores can now be open on Sundays.

Liquor stores set for Sunday sales


Sunday hours for local liquor stores

- A-1 Liquor, Hayden: 8 a.m. to 4 or 6 p.m.

- Arctic Liquors: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Bonfiglio Drug & Liquor, Oak Creek: closed

- Cellar Liquors: Noon to 8 p.m.

- Central Park Liquor: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Market on the Mountain: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (market opens at 7 a.m.; liquor store at 9)

- Oak Creek Liquor Store: closed

- Pioneer Spirits: Noon to 6 p.m.

- Ski Haus Liquors: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

- Southside Liquors: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Steamboat Discount Liquor: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Vino: Noon to 6 p.m.

- West End Liquor: Noon to 6 p.m.

— Local liquor stores are ready to test the Sunday waters, though many aren't thrilled about it.

The Colorado General Assembly approved a measure this year allowing liquor stores to open for business on Sundays. The legislation went into effect July 1.

"It's not that big a deal," said John Seymour, who owns West End Liquor in Steamboat Springs. "But is it really going to increase the business? The only way to find out is to do it, so we'll see. Most of the feeling is that it's been working well so far, so why fix it?"

Seymour said he thought the liquor lobby had pushed Front Range lawmakers into moving the rule change forward. His store will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Central Park Liquor General Manager Greg Nealy said Steamboat's limited pool of workers will make staffing tough.

"I haven't even thought about it," he said of Sunday sales. "I just know we've got to work seven days a week now, and we're not happy about it."

Central Park Liquor will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

Higher-ups at Pioneer Spirits and Cellar Liquors in downtown Steamboat said the stores would be open Sunday. Pioneer owner Jeff Worst said he expected to sell plenty of beer over the Fourth of July weekend.

"I already hired for that about two months ago," he said of the Sunday shift. "Once I heard it come out, I hired someone who was looking particularly to be here on Sunday."

His store will be open from noon to 6 p.m.

"We'll make money," Worst said, adding that being downtown near the festivities would help.

East of Pioneer on Lincoln Avenue, Cellar Liquors plans to be open from noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.

"I've heard a couple of places are opening earlier and not staying open late," manager Chris Gibbens said. "We figured we'd do the opposite."

None of the stores was planning anything special for Sunday.

In Hayden, A-1 Liquor owner Nancy Venzke said her store would open bright and early, at 8 a.m. Sunday. A1 probably will close between 4 and 6 p.m., she said.

"We're going to play it by ear. : We're going to see what happens the next few weeks," Venzke said.

It's a different story at Oak Creek Liquor Store. Owner Virginia Paxton said she will be out of town this weekend and that the store will be closed Sunday. She isn't sure what she'll do, but she isn't eager to spend Sundays at work.

"That's my only day that I can ever step away from this business," Paxton said. "Maybe on some things maybe I will be open, but I'll be picking and choosing my Sundays."

Seymour said his customers also influenced his decision to open the doors at West End on Sundays.

"We have a loyal customer following, and we want to make sure if that's what we're able to do and that's what the customers want us to do, we'll do it," he said. "We appreciate their loyalty and their patronage. It should be a convenience for everyone."


seven 8 years, 8 months ago

sad to see a life destroyer given a boost. have never seen anything good come from alcohol ever.


simplysaid 8 years, 8 months ago

Much Agreed

Anyone who chooses to sell it might also choose to first attend AAA classes, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Prayer Groups that council those strangled by it or visit the home of their best paying customer. Much better ways to make a living exist that we all can support.


knee_dropper 8 years, 8 months ago

Everything in moderation,... including religion.


handyman 8 years, 8 months ago

simplysaid - I guess the same applies to all aspects of life. Nobody can get married until they've visited a disfunctional home where one spouse beats the other. Nobody can have children until they visit a home where children are neglected or abused. Nobody can get a drivers license until they've visited a crash site and then go to the hospital to see the mangled bodies. Etc, etc, etc. Alcohol is not the only, or worst, pitfall of our lives.


cybergypsy 8 years, 8 months ago

simplysaid: FYI: AAA is the American Automobile Association...AA is Alcoholics Anonymous


thecondoguy1 8 years, 8 months ago

I understood simply to be high lighting Triple A classes, and MAAD groups for education, and prevention, of course AA, after one becomes a full fledged practicing drunk in need of serious recovery help.


techno_babble 8 years, 8 months ago

Alcohol, specifically the fermenting of grain and fruits, is believed to be one the main forces that changed the early hunter/gatherer into an agricultural society.

Agricultural societies gave rise to institutions and the associated buildings (temples and such).

Dang I hate it that gray is not just black and white.


Terry Noble 8 years, 8 months ago

I'm always amazed at all the perfect people living in their perfect worlds. So glad I'm not one of them! Love the comment sections, it shows what is going on all around you that you would never know about. Simply amazing!


grannyrett 8 years, 8 months ago

No body is being forced to be open on Sundays. If you want to be closed, then be closed. Just because the law says you CAN be open doesn't mean you have to be. All things in moderation. A little red wine is good for you. A lot isn't.


hubiem 8 years, 8 months ago

sunday sales will eliminate the irate tourists who arrive on sundays only to find they can't purchase a bottle of wine to have with dinner. i'll be glad that i don't have to listen to them gripe about only being able to buy 3.2 beer instead.


MtnWarlock 8 years, 8 months ago

For many years Coloradoans have lived with a semi-dry state. Optimistically, maybe those who would travel to a bar on Sunday to buy regular beer and liquor, will buy at the liquor store and stay home and drink. Maybe bad news for bars owners however, good news for those who want to keep drunks off the road! Then again, people will party and drink like before however, this new law will force store owners to compete on Sundays and make it more convenient for those who drink to do so! I guess the key word here in convenience. We live in a society that loves to be convenience at someone else's expense. If liquor store owners want the day off, take it! That's why you're self employed, so you can make those decisions! Like anything in life, moderation is good and over indulgence is not. On that note, indulge on having a good day!


twostroketerror 8 years, 8 months ago

"Ah alcohol, the solution to, and source of, all of life's problems" H. Simpson


bubba 8 years, 8 months ago

ha, that is exactly what I was going to say two stroke...


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