Saturday, November 24, 2012
Steamboat Springs We’re entering a new season in Routt County. Yes, ski season. But it’s also the time of year when a new crop of businesses opens in Steamboat Springs. Here's a rundown of some of the local shops that recently opened or plan to open soon:
Bella Barre set to open Dec. 1
Jamie Boeri said she’s developed a good following in the past two years she has been teaching barre, a hybrid of dance and Pilates, in studios across Steamboat. Now, she’s going to have her own studio in Curve Plaza with Bella Barre, which is scheduled to open Dec. 1.
Although the space will be at its core a fitness studio, Boeri said, the schedule will expand with what the community sees a need for and wants.
She said she sees it as a “space for the community to build it up to something to benefit everyone.”
The barre classes that will anchor the space are built around three principles: Pilates, ballet and the Lotte Berk Method, Boeri said.
“It’s low-impact exercises,” she said. “It’s great for the body.”
Boeri said she danced professionally for six years and is a certified Pilates instructor. She was introduced to barre about four years ago, she said, and immediately was drawn to its combination of her skill set.
The classes can benefit those looking to get their bodies back in shape or recover from an injury as well as those who just need to be more focused in their exercises, she said.
“Dances mimic movements,” she said. “They’re not necessarily engaging the right muscles.”
She said adding Pilates results in a safer workout. The combination works toward getting a dancer’s toned, lengthened body in safe way.
“You’re building the dancer’s body in the correct way,” Boeri said.
Information about barre and classes can be found at www.bellabarrestudio.com.
Blue Room Velo opens as mobile bike repair service
J.R. Thompson said most good bike shops are founded on a solid service. That’s how he’s approaching Blue Room Velo — a mobile bike repair service he is launching after a long career in Steamboat bike shops, professional racing and starting Spindle 1 Bike Tours.
A brick and mortar storefront is the eventual goal, Thompson said, but for now, he’s filling what he thinks is an underserved part of Bike Town USA.
For small jobs, Thompson’s mobile service can make on-site repairs. If it requires more work, he’ll take it back to his workshop.
Thompson said Steamboat’s growth and the increasing popularity of cycling here made it the right time for him to start Blue Room Velo.
“It felt like Steamboat was ready for another resource,” he said, noting that waits for repairs at local shops can be more than a week during peak season.
He’s got a couple of jobs going right now mainly from word of mouth, he said, but he expects to start a marketing and advertising campaign soon. The website, www.blueroomvelo.com, is up now.
He’s been called for field repairs during bike races in Steamboat this past year and sees that as a potential niche. He also said he’d like to branch out into bike rental delivery service at some point.
“I’m very committed to making it a great service for Steamboat,” he said. “The whole cycling industry is a pretty big economic push now. People are coming to Steamboat riding bikes and spending money.”
Downtown storefronts filling up
■ Old Town Square at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Seventh Street recently has been busy, and the string of openings continues with the owners of Steamboat Hat Shop, Matt Royer and Rianna Harris, starting a gift shop downstairs from their existing storefront.
Gifts to Go will be around through the holidays and maybe through ski season, Royer said.
They’re taking a pop-up store approach, he said, and will decide whether to extend the current Jan. 15 end date based on the reception the store gets.
The store focuses on design-inspired and humorous gifts.
“We want them to walk around and laugh,” Royer said.
He said they’ve been keeping an eye out for interesting gifts for a few years. The store is filled with the gifts they’d want if they had their ideal Christmas, Royer said.
■ What was Body Graffix tattoo shop on Lincoln Avenue has split into two new shops.
In the original space, Melissa Freeman, who worked for Body Graffix from February until it closed, opened Deluxe Tattoo and is specializing in full custom work. More information can be found at www.deluxetattoosteamboat.com or by calling 970-879-1243.
Former Body Graffix owner Sean Blake formed 9th Street Tattoo with Chris Freese and Milo Alfring on Ninth Street north of Lincoln Avenue. More information can be found by calling 970-367-3136.
■ Ortega’s 6th Generation Jewelers on Lincoln Avenue is starting another downtown shop. Yippie-I-O is open and features a Southwestern theme in the space at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Ninth Street.
Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett said the whole block could be full soon as a nail salon opens in the space formerly occupied by the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts.
Work also is progressing on a space in the Old West Building at Lincoln Avenue and 11th Street. An application for a liquor license is in the window, but the applicants could not be reached.