Snowmass history: Mall makeover, musical chairs

A large wooden building on the Snowmass Mall, circa 1986. The photo accompanied an article about the mall receiving a facelift.
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“In neighboring Snowmass Village, part of the mall is getting a facelift,” The Aspen Times wrote on May 15, 1986. “The first floor of the north side of the mall has been gutted and spaces are to be reapportioned for tenants.” Per the article, the tenants played a little musical chairs action along with some new businesses joining the retail family. “La Maison d’Arts will move upstairs to space previously occupied by Short Sport. Short Sport, a children’s shop, will move downstairs and expand to occupy La Maison’s old space and Stein’s Little Shop old space. Stein’s Little Shop, a women’s boutique, will move down the mall to the space formerly occupied by Mountain Charley’s restaurant (which went out of business). Stein’s Little Shop will then be located directly above its relative, Stein’s ski rental shop. A new retailer will occupy space between Stein’s Little Shop and Short Sport. The new occupant is currently negotiating with Shell Management Corp, managers of the mall space. Shell assistant manager Robin Richmond declined to say who the new tenant might be.”