Steamboat Springs Stephanie Reineke and Lori Bourgeois will have a Christmas vacation for the first time in about 15 years, they said Friday.
Reineke and Bourgeois are closing Cellar Liquors in downtown Steamboat Springs after five years of running the Lincoln Avenue business.
Before that, it was SpringSips — the Internet service provider they owned until 2008 — that kept them busy during the holidays.
But this year, after Dec. 15, they’ll be taking some time off.
That’s the date the store that focused on family-owned and small-vineyard wines, in addition to liquor and beer, will close its doors.
“We’re sad to see it go,” Reineke said. “Also glad on some level.”
The good feelings spring from the other projects letting go of the store will allow Reineke and Bourgeois to focus on.
The two of them plus Kelly Anzalone are working to put together a production company, M3 Group, for concerts and events in Steamboat.
“Our three skill sets blend well together,” Reineke said.
Reineke said closing the store will allow her to get “down and dirty in the arts again.”
She and Bourgeois also have other projects they’re working on or mulling over.
Reineke said she’s thought about starting a recycled glass company, turning the pieces into art tiles and such.
Bourgeois is teaching knitting classes at Sew Steamboat, writing a knitting column for the Valley Voice and contributing to her website, www.housewyfe.com.
Between now and Dec. 15, it's time for tying up loose ends and “liquidating the liquor.”
“If you see it, and it’s not breathing, it’s for sale,” Bourgeois said about the wine, liquor, beer, fixtures and whatever else customers can spy in the store.
They also own the building Cellar Liquors is in and will either lease the space or potentially sell it.
Longstanding customers or newbies can expect deals and specials as the store winds down. If you’re looking to stock up for the holidays, now’s the time, Reineke said.
“That’s our thank you as we go,” she said.
“Love the wine. Love the people. Love the distributors,” Reineke said about their time with Cellar Liquors. But looking forward, she said, they’re feeling “kinda pumped, actually.”
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