New businesses and relocations in Aspen
There’s a lot of new activity happening in town as peak season approaches, particularly at the Aspen Grove building and on Cooper Avenue, Hyman Avenue and Hopkins Avenue.
In fact, the Aspen Grove building has reached full occupancy for the first time in more than five years, Realtor Karen Setterfield estimated.
“Every year is busy, but this season has been extremely busy,” Setterfield said. “Busier than usual.”
ASPEN GROVE BUILDING
The high-end cosmetics line Kristals opens its first store Dec. 18 at 525 E. Cooper Ave., where Khali’s Aspen was located. The cosmetic line focuses on anti-aging products, which are bioengineered with gemstones and precious metals like gold and pearls.
Kali’s Aspen is relocating its store just upstairs, at 525 E. Cooper Ave., No. 209. The store will be sharing its space with jewelry line Kcor Design. Setterfield said the store expects to open in about a week.
Next door to Kali’s at 525 E. Cooper Ave., No. 208, Boomerang Lodge has leased an office space for its marketing and sales team to operate.
Also located at 525 E. Cooper Ave. will be Rescue Lounge Aspen. The oxygen bar and rescue lounge that previously operated in the downstairs of The Sky Hotel will open this month. The lounge offers oxygen therapy, IV hydration therapy and booster shots, owner Audra Quist said.
An art gallery featuring the works of artist Jennifer O’Meara is opening at the Aspen Square building at 613 E. Cooper Ave., across the street from Mezzaluna. O’Meara describes her work as “ranch and farm documentary fine art.” The exhibit will serve as the artist’s first gallery.
High-end fur retailer Denimaxx returns to Aspen this season.
Denimaxx will house its luxury furs in space formerly occupied by Ravenheart art gallery, between the Red Onion and Ryno’s Pies & Pints, at 434 E. Cooper Ave.
Outdoor apparel retailer, Aether, which offers a variety of outerwear, technical performance wear and active wear for women and men, opens in mid-December at 414 E. Cooper Ave. where the Anna Trzebinski store was located, spokeswoman Taylor Stacey said.
Anna Trzebinski, which offers a unique collection of couture clothing from Africa, downsized its operations and is relocating to a space located at 240 S. Mill St.
HYMAN AVENUE and HOPKINS Avenue
A juice bar by the name of Jus Aspen will open soon inside the Ute City building at 501 E. Hyman Ave. Jus Aspen also plans to sell fresh-made grab-and-go options, Setterfield said.
Forre & Co. fine art gallery just opened its new location at 520 E. Hyman Ave. The gallery was previously located on Hyman mall.
H&R Block also is relocating its office to 601 E. Hopkins Ave.
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The Wheeler Opera House will remain dark into 2021, with current COVID-19 public health orders in place. Meanwhile, the masonry work on the exterior of the building will continue into July.