Funky Mountain Threads finds a funky new home
September 19, 2003
One funky staple of the Aspen marketplace has moved to a high-profile location after 11 years in the same below-grade spot.
Funky Mountain Threads, Aspen’s purveyor of handcrafted jewelry, unique gifts and clothing, has moved to 409 E. Hyman Ave., just below New York Pizza. According to store owner Bronwyn Anglin, the new space is 1,200 square feet – that’s triple the square footage at her previous location.
“I don’t know how we ever fit into the 400-square-foot space, because I’ve brought everything from the old location over, and it’s already full,” Anglin said. “I was actually looking for a 600- to 800-square-foot space.”
When she bought the store in September 2001, Anglin had two years left on her current five-year lease at the store’s original location, across from the Gondola at 520 E. Durant Ave. She did have the option to renew, but wanted the chance to expand the store.
The small ground-floor shop was (and still is) the first business she has ever owned. Original owners Karin Gieske and Suzanne Gouda had put their business up for sale in the summer of 2001, and Anglin, who moved to Aspen in the mid-’90s, had always loved the store and wanted to save its eclectic nature.
A number of stores, including a fur shop, have tried out the long, narrow space on the Hyman Avenue mall beneath New York Pizza, but haven’t succeeded. Anglin said she was concerned about the space’s history, and chalks it up to the store having no usable window-display area to attract customers.
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Fortunately, she said the building owner has a remodel plan in the works that will remove a brick column at the front of the store, and move the door to the pizza parlor back so there is more window space.
“It’s going to look great,” she said. “That sold me on the idea of moving in there, knowing it’s going to happen.”
Funky Mountain Threads will remain open during this fall off-season in Aspen, but will close temporarily in the spring for the remodel work. So far, Anglin said customers have seen the cleaned-out location on Durant Street and found their way over to the Hyman Avenue mall.
Anglin said some of the new space will be used to expand the shop’s clothing line both for adults and children.
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