One Love settles, looks to reopen
The Aspen Times
One Love Aspen, a smoke shop that saw its inventory seized Nov. 7 as a result of bad debt, settled with its California supplier Monday and the manager of the store said he hopes to retrieve his items and reopen some time this week.
Matt Pavia met with Garfield & Hecht attorneys Monday concerning a Pitkin County Court order that said the shop owed $6,937 to Vapornation, a retailer based in Marina Del Ray, California. Though neither party disclosed the amount of the settlement, Pavia said “it was a lot,” considering the debt started at about $900 in April.
Pavia said a positive takeaway is that One Love is saved, and it’s his opinion that the community will receive the news well, as friends and supporters have stepped in to help in the past week. For instance, a friend Pavia met during his nine years in the U.S. Air Force helped settle the debt.
“I genuinely thank everyone from the community that rallied behind me to help me save One Love,” said Pavia, who manages the store with his mother, Barbara Serrano, the shop’s owner.
Garfield & Hecht Attorney Chris Bryan said his client asked him not to divulge any details about the settlement, but the two sides reached “mutually agreeable terms.”
On Monday, Pavia was coordinating the move of his inventory from Columbine Moving and Storage to 520 E. Cooper Ave., where the shop is located. He called it a logistical nightmare dealing with the four interested parties, including Garfield & Hecht, Pitkin County Court and the movers.
“Whether I have to go over there and carry it one by one myself, I’m back (in business),” Pavia said.
Pavia said the $900 debt was unknown to him. Had he known, he said, he would have dealt with it.
A complaint filed in Pitkin County Court on June 19 states that One Love failed to pay invoiced amounts for an order received in January. Upon receiving the goods, One Love tendered a check for $1,794, which was returned as insufficient, according to the complaint. One Love then attempted to resolve the matter with four checks in April, two of which were dishonored, according to the filing. Due to “consequential damages, late fees, costs, attorney’s fees, interest” and other claims, the amount grew to $6,937, which the court recognized in an August judgment.
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