Les Chefs shop is on the move | AspenTimes.com

Les Chefs shop is on the move

Janet Urquhart

The first hint of fall has appeared in downtown Aspen, and it has nothing to do with the foliage.A sign of Aspen’s biannual business shuffle, an offseason phenomenon, appeared in a storefront on Cooper Avenue this week.Longtime local shop Les Chefs D’Aspen, featuring all things culinary, will be on the move this fall, vacating its familiar spot at the corner of Cooper Avenue and Hunter Street for the corner of Mill and Hopkins, where Ritz/Wolf Camera now operates.The Maryland-based film-processing business will be on the move, as well, but its new locale isn’t yet definite, said manager Judy Vliem.”We’re definitely committed to staying in Aspen,” she said.So is Les Chefs, said Larkin Horn, who owns the shop with his wife, Carrie.The shop’s current lease expires at the end of September; the Horns hope to be open in their new locale by mid-November.As has been the case with many local businesses, the Horns are relocating in response to escalating rent prices, though Larkin stressed they have been treated fairly by their present landlord.”It just got harder and harder. Rent just became too big a factor for us,” he said. “It’s just a decision we had to make.”In fact, the Horns cut their costs by vacating the rear part of the store last year to accommodate Sidewinder Sports; currently Aspen Jewelers and Fine Gifts occupies the space.The Basalt couple began working at Les Chefs in 1989. They eventually purchased the business with a partner and have been its sole owners since the late 1990s, according to Larkin.He believes Les Chefs opened in about 1980.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail is janet@aspentimes.com

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