[San Juan Silver Stage | May 2020 | Kathryn R. Burke]
It’s hard to see happy faces when they’re covered by a mask. But you can hear the happy smiles, albeit a bit muffled, behind them in the cheerful greetings from customers, sales staff, and business owners. Friday, May 1st, several downtown retail shops opened—some briefly, some for most of a full day. I took a walk downtown, starting in the 400 block at Tiffany’s Etc. and across the street to Little Flower Hemp Company. Shopping my way west along the 300 block, I stopped in at Mother Earth and Fabula, winding up at SheShe Boutique across the street. (Sadly, our favorite bookstore, Maggie’s, is now permanently closed, and the adjoining Vine Bistro is shuttered during Covid.) All of these shops and the Bistro were visited in our article last May when we did a girls’ shopping excursion, “Downtown Montrose, An Afternoon on Main Street. It was bustling a year ago but is looking rather forlorn right now. We’re all hopeful it will soon be busy again as we try to get back up to some kind of (new) normal.
Montrose Center for the Arts. Corner East Main and S. Park. Staffed by volunteers. (And home to San Juan Silver Stage!). Opens May 26th. New exhibit, “A Square Deal.” Silent auction and fundraiser for the gallery. Final auction sale during 1st Friday Reception, July 3, 5-8 pm. which will also introduce July’s featured artist, photographer Bonnie Heidbrak. To learn more about the gallery, gift shop, and artists, visit their website.
Tiffany Etc., 439 E. Main. Owner, Glee Westcott, was happy to see people come in to purchase spring and summer merchandise that has been waiting for shoppers for more than a month: for you—clothes, accessories, shoes; for your home—artwork, furnishings, home décor, candles, and silk flowers. During the mandatory store shutdown, Westcott, like many savvy business owners, came up with a clever way to let customers check out and buy new items. Through her Facebook Club, she posts new arrivals, inviting buyers to send her pictures of past (or present) purchases and earning a discount toward future purchases if their photos are used. Then, for her reopening, she’s offering a chance to “bid” on merchandise. The building has an interesting history (story here) as does owner Glee Westcott (profiled here). Visit Tiffany FB page for latest specials and store news.
Green Cupboard, 443 E. Main, staffed by volunteers, supports the food bank through Sharing Ministries. When you buy their jewelry and accessories, your purchase helps feed the hungry. The store’s buyer is a certified gemoligist, so the jewelry they carry is top quality yet still affordable. Green Cupboard also has pretty tops, scarves, leather bags and other accessories. Visit their website to learn more.
Heirlooms for Hospice, 435 E. Main. Opens June 1st. Staffed by volunteers, offers upscale resale shopping for a cause. Clothing, furniture, jewelry and accessories, home décor. All proceeds support HopeWest, a nonprofit organization. Their motto: “Through creativity, volunteerism, and philanthropy, Hope West profoundly changes the experiences of aging, illness, and grief—one family at a time.” To learn more about Heirlooms or make an online purchase to support Hospice, visit their website.
Little Flower Hemp Company, 428 E. Main. Owner, Peggy Baker. A family owned company with the “Colorado Proud” designation, Little Flower organically grows their own hemp and processes it in-house—from Crop to Drop. (We visited their farm last year, observing the process (read story here.) Their topical and ingestible whole plant extracts for humans and pets are small batch and hand-crafted with 0% to less than .03% THC. Little Flower also carries clothing and textile products including backpacks, duffle bags, and hats. The Main Street store is open limited hours, but “shopping online is open 24/7,” noted Baker. They also do home deliveries. Visit their website for information or to shop online.
Mother Earth, 321 East Main. Owner Christy Cole. Step inside to a dazzling array of ancient minerals and fossils, contemporary art, special lamps and lighting, and strings of colorful beads. The store also features jewelry derived from natural crystals, mineral beads, opals, topazes, and unique original designs and jewelry repairs by in-house jeweler, David LeBlanc. [Read more here.] Customers can “play” at the geode cracking station, looking for their own magical surprise. The building has a fascinating history. For nearly half a century—jewelry was made here by the DeVinnys, a family enterprise dating to 1926. Mother Earth also offers weekly instructional programs, which can be found on their Facebook Page.
Fabula, 317 E. Main. Owner Sonja Horn. Fabula is fabulous. It’s one of the most fun shopping experiences in Montrose. They’ve got everything to perk up you, your home, your family, your friends. Fabula carries gifts—and toys—for everyone of all ages, from little kids to grown-ups. The store’s selection of items for the home includes kitchen gadgets, tabletop, cookware, candles, soaps, and home décor. You’ll also find jewelry, handbags, hats, baby clothes, kitchen aprons, great socks, and a terrific collection of cards. If you’re suffering from Quarantine Blues, this is the perfect spot to find a cure. And if you’d rather not step inside, Fabula still has curbside service. Visit website.
SheShe Boutique, 340 E. Main. Owner Kimberly McGeehee. During Covid, McGeehee came up with live-streamed “fashion shows” on Facebook, a fun way to let you see how things look on a live model, not just a page on a website. Now that she’s open again, you’ll have a shop in-person and try on great outfits with lots of accessories including jewelry, handbags, scarves, even shoes! McGeehee and her staff will help you put all the right pieces together. She also has some lovely (and well-priced) body products, pretty soaps, fun charms. Visit her online, and check out her Social Media pages linked to her website.
It felt good to be able to walk the streets again, checking in at our favorite shops. “It’s good to be open again!” said all of the store owners, who are also making sure customers respect the rules and suggestions for Colorado’s “Safer-at-Home” program. Come on down to Main Street Montrose, stop for a visit, shop a little, and help celebrate being open again.
(FYI, stores do not require face coverings of customers, although staff is masked.)
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