Steamboat Springs resident Kelly Ehrick gets her change from manager Debbie Hoing on Friday at the new Off the Beaten Path bookstore on Ninth Street in downtown Steamboat Springs. The store's grand opening is today. "It's wonderful," Ehrick said. "This is very exciting."

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat Springs resident Kelly Ehrick gets her change from manager Debbie Hoing on Friday at the new Off the Beaten Path bookstore on Ninth Street in downtown Steamboat Springs. The store's grand opening is today. "It's wonderful," Ehrick said. "This is very exciting."

Off the Beaten Path cutting ribbon today

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What: A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and Coffeehouse's new location

Where: 68 Ninth St.

When: 10 a.m. today. Free coffee will be served from 9 a.m. to noon.

Call: 879-6830

— Off the Beaten Path has been waiting to reopen for months.

"We've been out of commission for three months now, and we're all excited and eager to be back in business," Manager Debbie Hoing said. "We've had some unexpected delays along the way that have frustrated all of us."

The bookstore, coffeehouse and bakery cafe plan to throw open the doors of its new 68 Ninth St. location at 9 a.m. today. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.

Ron and Sue Krall bought the business from Dick and Leslie Ryan in November 2007. Its previous home at 56 Seventh St. is being transformed into the Ghost Ranch Saloon.

Ron Krall, who is chief medical officer for GlaxoSmithKline in Philadelphia, said he and his wife have had a house in Steamboat Springs and will live here permanently after he retires this summer.

"We're trying to create as much of the old store environment as possible in a different space," Ron Krall said.

The store will offer the same features it did at its Seventh Street location. It will be two stories, and the top level will include a bar seating area with free wireless Internet access. Off the Beaten Path also will have a large children's section downstairs, Hoing said.

"I think we have a really funky atmosphere here that is very browser-friendly," Hoing said. The cafe will offer food as well as coffee and espresso drinks using products from Storm Mountain Coffee Roasters, which is based in Oak Creek.

Outdoor seating also is in the works, she said. Krall said he was excited about the venture.

"We're looking forward to seeing people in the store," he said. "Sue and I haven't been in this position before, but we've been busy customers of Off the Beaten Path, so we're looking forward to being on the other side."

The bookstore will share its ribbon-cutting event with a new furniture store next door, Triple 555 Ranch Design. Owner Holly Day is billing the shop as "Steamboat's first affordable furniture store."

"You can buy any kind of furniture that you're looking for in any kind of budget that you're in," Day said. "It's pretty big for Steamboat."

Triple 555 Ranch Design also will offer home staging services and will include a travel agency, Snow and Sand Travel. Her husband, Kenny Day, is spearheading the travel portion.

Holly Day said she has a Web site set up through which people can order furniture to be delivered within a week. She'll offer items for second-home owners on larger budgets as well as college kids on smaller ones, she said.

"We are going to be offering some specials at the grand opening," Day said. "Through June 1, people can get a couch, a loveseat and a chair for under $1,000."

She said Steamboat Springs residents have lacked a lower-priced local furniture store.

"I was a home builder for 10 years in Texas, so I have great connections to buy great stuff at great prices," Day said. "It's about time somebody had that here."

To reach Blythe Terrell, call 871-4234 or e-mail bterrell@steamboatpilot.com

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