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Occupancy and business sales ‘off the charts’ in Aspen this season

Erica Robbie
The Aspen Times
Aspen's streets have been full of visitors this summer, with July retail sales numbers expected to break records.
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Stay Aspen Snowmass occupancy reports anticipate Aspen’s July occupancy level to set new records, and local retailers say recent business has reflected this.

“I talk to businesses on a daily basis, and based on the conversations I’ve had, retail is off the charts,” said Erik Klanderud, Aspen Chamber Resort Association membership director.

Ali Hematyar, co-owner of Silver Threads, said the optical shop “doubled our sales this year.”

Sonia Carrasco, manager at Aspen T-Shirt Co., said business this season has been like nothing she’s ever seen.

“This is the busiest, busiest summer I’ve ever had. It’ll be so crazy in here all weekend, and then Monday comes, and it’s still insane. It’s been pretty shocking,” Carrasco said.

Carrasco, who has been with Aspen T-Shirt Co. for five years, said the company’s goal is to bring in 15 percent more than the previous year, and that lately it has been exceeding its goals every day.

The clothing company is among several local retailers to say business is exceeding company goals or expectations — whether the store is a longtime Aspen staple, is in its first years of operation, or opened last month.

P.E. 101 clothing boutique owner Joan Teige said this has been one of the best years the store has ever had in its 35 years of business.

Ted Davenport, who manages the 2-year-old Miller Sports, said the store “has had an amazing summer” and that business “well exceeded all expectations.”

Tara Spung, who opened shoe store TLins in June, said July was “an exceptional month for us being a new store,” adding that her sales also have exceeded expectations.

Klanderud noted a conversation he had with the owner of SQN Sport, which opened July Fourth weekend.

Klanderud said the owner told him he cannot keep inventory in stock and that his employees have been “absolutely blown away by the amount of business they’ve had and the business climate in town.”

“They’re in awe,” he said. “Literally in awe.”

“This is the best thing I can hear, as a membership director.”

June’s occupancy report stated that July continued to pace toward record levels in both Aspen and Snowmass, with Aspen pacing nearly 16 percent ahead of last year as of June 30.

Stay Aspen Snowmass President Bill Tomcich said, “As of June 30, we were pacing towards a record July,” and that it was a “very, very busy month, no matter how you look at it.”

Tomcich expects to receive the results of July’s occupancy report sometime this week.