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.
Steamboat Springs 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."