Hayden Tammie Delaney said she isn’t holding any pity parties as she prepares to close the retail store in Hayden she opened 3 1/2 years ago.
Instead, the Yampa Valley Feeds owner is thinking about all of the work she plans to do next.
“We’re reinventing,” she said inside the store attached to the historic Hayden Granary and barn she owns with her husband, Patrick. “This move will enable me to go back to some of the forward-thinking work I love to do.”
She said the small store, which sells local goods, horse tack, pet food and garden supplies, will stay open through the Routt County Fair. Then, Delaney hopes a coffee shop and a new retail presence will fill the space.
Delaney said that after she steps away from her retail operation, she will spend more of her time improving and marketing the barn on her property that continues to host community gatherings, dances, concerts, weddings, fundraisers and a food co-op.
“Change is hard, but there’s a bunch of joy with it, too,” she said. “My passion is turning a space like this into a gathering place.”
The closure of the Yampa Valley Feeds store comes at a time when several other businesses in Hayden are changing hands and shuffling around.
The town is in a “transformation,” Delaney said.
Hayden’s Double Barrel Steakhouse closed in July and plans to reopen in Craig in August. On the restaurant’s final day, owner Ann Marie Roberts said it will be more convenient for her and her husband, Pat, to operate the restaurant in their hometown.
Double Barrel’s departure leaves Wolf Mountain Pizza, Three Wire Bar & Grill and the HiWay Bar as the remaining eateries in Hayden.
But while some businesses are moving away, some are just getting their feet wet.
“It’s been fun and exciting, fast and furious,” chiropractor Colton Roesener said about his first month of business in downtown Hayden.
In June, he and his wife, Shandi, moved to western Routt County from McDonald, Kan., after Colton Roesener took over a chiropractic practice on Jefferson Avenue.
Shandi Roesener said they quickly were sold on the small town.
“We had a good feeling every time we came through here,” she said.
And over on North Walnut Street, the Hayden Home Thrift store has moved into the space previously filled by the Hayden Artisan’s Marketplace.
The store is run by 18-year-old Thomas Hukriede, and more than half of its proceeds will benefit Totally Kids, a Hayden nonprofit.
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