New tenant to take over first floor of Aspen building on East Hopkins

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Big changes are afoot for the first floor of the three-story commercial building at 601 E. Hopkins Ave.

Three businesses – The Autograph Source, The Cheese Shop and Boden’s Butter – will be closing soon to make way for a single, and so far unknown, tenant.

The first floor formerly housed the law office of Matthew C. Ferguson, who moved late last year to a new space at East Hopkins Avenue and South Spring Street.

Karen Setterfield, commercial real estate broker with Setterfield and Bright, is the listing broker for the first-floor space, which totals 2,600 square feet for all four spots.

Reached on vacation in Hawaii, Setterfield said she couldn’t say what’s going to happen with the space until the deal officially closes.

Boden’s Butter, an organic bakery, plans to do business in the Aspen Saturday Market this summer, according to sources familiar with the operation.

Plans for The Cheese Shop – a gourmet grocery and deli that opened in early 2012 under new ownership after former owners Michele Kiley and Marco Cingolani started Justice Snow’s restaurant and bar at the corner of South Mill Street and East Hyman Avenue – aren’t clear. Owner Sarah Helsley couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

Rick Schultz, owner of The Autograph Source, will be moving his business to the Aspen Grove Building at 525 E. Cooper Ave., in a second-floor space near B.B.’s Kitchen.

Schultz said he’s been at 601 E. Hopkins Ave. for nearly 10 years.

“There’s a tenant coming in, and the landlord’s basically asked everyone, or bought out everyone, to get them to leave the first floor,” he said. “I’ve been asked not to say who it is.”

Schultz said the new plans for the first floor of 601 E. Hopkins Ave. came about very quickly – just in the past few weeks. The entire first floor of the building will be renovated.

“It’s been a bit of a scramble for me, trying to find a new space,” he said.

Harris Cahn owns the first two floors of the building, and Pitkin County Title Co. Inc. owns the third story.


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