Wendy Mark, left, and Doug Smith work behind the counter at the Sundance Health Zone. The two entrepreneurs opened the business earlier this summer and hope to provide a menu that includes smoothies and other beverages with a nutritious flair.

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Wendy Mark, left, and Doug Smith work behind the counter at the Sundance Health Zone. The two entrepreneurs opened the business earlier this summer and hope to provide a menu that includes smoothies and other beverages with a nutritious flair.

Business activity continues in Steamboat Springs

Nutrition club, salon among new services opening

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The menu at Sundance Health Zone includes a number of refreshing items ranging from smoothies to energizing teas to Aloe shots.

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Wendy Mark, left, and Doug Smith have opened the Sundance Health Zone in Steamboat Springs. The two entrepreneurs opened the business earlier this summer and hope to provide a menu that included smoothies, and other beverages with a nutritious flair.

— Annie Tisch has been looking for the right place to move Annie’s Home Consignments. Tisch thinks she’s found it.

Tisch opened her second store about a month ago in Central Park Plaza. She hopes it will become the flagship location for the business she started almost five years ago. But she said her customers won’t notice a difference from her store in the Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center.

“It’s still the same old Annie’s,” Tisch said. “It still has my personal touch. It’s just like my other store. It’s just in a different location.”

With 6,000 square feet, the second location is 1,500 square feet larger that the Sundance space, Tisch said. She cited other advantages, including a back door for loading and unloading furniture as well as exposure from U.S. Highway 40 and Mount Werner Road.

Customers can stop by for a chance to get a gift certificate during a grand opening ceremony from 3 to 5 p.m. today.

Tisch said she would maintain the location in the Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center through the end of the year and then evaluate whether she wants to continue to operate both stores.

The new Annie’s isn’t the only local business to open its doors this summer.

Sundance at Fish Creek manager Bob Larson said things are starting to pick up there with the addition of Sundance Health Zone and Salon M.

“We’re feeling some more energy,” he said. “The business environment is getting better.”

Sundance Health Zone, 425 Anglers Drive, took over the space that was the retail services portion of the Sundance at Fish Creek post office. The postal boxes remain next door.

Doug Smith, who co-owns Sundance Health Zone with Wendy Mark and Mary Dierdorff, called the business a nutrition club. He said customers pay a $6 membership fee per visit and can access the club’s services, including teas, smoothies in 36 flavors with fewer than 200 calories, and a free wellness profile.

“Our goal is to offer a healthy alternative,” Smith said.

After opening July 5, Smith said the nutrition club has been a hit. He said the owners already are talking about opening a location on Steamboat’s west side. Sundance Health Zone is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Located just a few doors down, Salon M owners Parker and McKell Phipps said they plan to open the full-service salon Sept. 1. The business is taking the space formerly occupied by Mountain Cuts.

Larson said Mountain Cuts opted not to extend its lease, which expired earlier this month. Owners Jamie Morgan and Barkley Robinson didn’t return calls requesting comment.

The Phippses, both 24, moved to Steamboat two years ago from Ogden, Utah, and had planned to open a salon when the Sundance location became available.

“We’re super excited to be doing business in Steamboat,” said McKell Phipps, who has worked in the hair industry for six years. “We love the community. We’re excited to open something new. We know there’s a lot of salons, but we want this to be full service that will cater to the whole family.”

Phipps said salon services would include men’s and women’s cuts and colors, facial waxing, manicures and pedicures, and she hopes to expand it to include facials and spray tans. Salon M will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Saturday hours haven’t been determined.

There’s also been some activity in west Steamboat.

Newspaper covers the windows at Bagel Works, 1117 Lincoln Ave. From behind the few pages that are peeling away from the glass, an empty restaurant can be seen.

Routt County Building Dep­artment official Carl Dunham said building owners Doug and Sally Bostrom replaced the roof earlier this month, but that was before the business was vacated.

Sally Bostrom, reached by phone from Clancy, Mont., said the lease with Bagel Works owner Matt Hannon didn’t expire until Aug. 30. She said Hannon had indicated he wouldn’t renew his lease but had talked about opening at a different location or selling his bagels commercially.

Hannon couldn’t be reached for comment this week.

Some new businesses also have opened up on the west side.

Jessica Schlapkohl, a 2005 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, opened Shear Passion on Aug. 15. After working at Bella Salon on Lincoln Avenue for five years, she said it was time to open her own business.

She said it’s so far, so good for the salon that offers men’s and women’s cuts and colors, deep hair condition treatments, feather hair extensions and facial waxing.

“My days have been slammed since I’ve opened,” Schlapkohl said. “It’s pretty fabulous.”

Schlapkohl said she would like to offer Zumba, Pilates and yoga during mornings in the space above her salon as well as ladies nights and open mic nights on weekend evenings.

Shear Passion is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays .

Also west of downtown, a children’s clothing store has a sign that indicates it’s opening soon. Zululys Kids Clothes is located in the freestanding building at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue next to the Twice as Nice Shoppe.

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