~~~~October is Lyons Recorder’s Intro to Your Town’s Businesses Month~~~~
Sage +Grace (plants) new
Nicole Bookman worked with Holly Beck to renovate the store that use to be Lyons Soda Fountain. She brings you hand-potted plants. Nichole was self taught. It all began in her mid-20s in Asheville, NC, where some mid-wives introduced her to the land, flowers, roots and more. Since then, she says, she has never stopped learning. “I still get blown away when dealing with my living, breathing plants.” In 2010, she moved to Lyons and opened Sage + Grace Apothecary in the Corner Studios shop, on the next block, south down Main Street. (The shop names comes from her two daughters’ names.) Her other job experiences, like interior design, have helped her grow her business into what it is today, which includes serving homes and businesses. She presents her plants with natural elements, such as cotton and papers, natural terra cotta and clay bowls, using mosses, feathers and more. As a plant stylist, it gives her an opportunity do what she loves: talk to both her customers and her plants. ~~ Location: 402 Main Street.
HJB Designs (leather goods) new
Holly Juzefczyk Beck renovated the space that use to be the Lyons Soda Fountain store, and she now brings you handcrafted leather goods. (Her former store was located a few buildings north of this location). This is an old-school leather workshops, where all their work is hand-cut from domestic and imported leather hand-sewn. She offers leather home decor, like pillows, rugs, and more. Holly is always available for personal consultations. Have your item custom designed, from the tip of your head on down: hats, to gloves, to boots. Also, chose from leather coin purses, to shoulder bags, and back packs. Perhaps you want a weekender bag with black crocodile outer layer, and reddish suede interior and black and white cowhide handles? The combinations are endless. You can find leather journals, belts, and come the Holidays, a stocking to hang by the chimney with care. ~~ Location: 402 Main Street.
Nomads Route (jewelry shop) new
The owners, Cristobal and Sofia Anguita, like to bring in semi-precious stones, gems, natural stones that match the season. For fall he ordered Amber, Turquoise, Amethyst, Moon Stone. Looking for something really unique? Check out items made from horns, bone, or sea lion teeth. Or, vegetable ivory which is naturally white with a fine marbled grain structure. Or, in September came a collection of “Macramé” style pendants. Almost all pieces are set in silver, but some are gold plated. All desired jewelry is made: bangles, rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants, ankle bracelets, and more. Owls are a specialty, and there are dozens of designs. He states that they are all original designs, but they also make custom made jewelry and jewelry repairs. Cristobal says, “I am of Chilean origin but I use techniques from different continents.” What makes this store stand out is that he might use an Aztec design in the outside pendant, and a Native American design in the stone, and a Peruvian design in the center art. (Normally the jewelry only represents one style of design.) They also have stores in Vilcabamba, Ecuador and Maitencillo, Chile, which are run by their children~~~ Location: 436 Main Street.
Pharr Out Designs (wood furniture)
What happens to those wonderful wood barrels when they are done nurturing whisky? They often end up in the hands of creative entrepreneurs, like Jake Pharr. The curved wood slats fit perfectly into round-backed Adirondack-style chairs. Add some free-hand router images and hand painting, and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind chair for your patio, or cabin, or gift-giving. It takes a whole barrel to do two matching chairs. Jake does other carpentry furniture, such as sliding barn doors, fire pits, and barrel bars. He moved into a large store and warehouse at the intersection of Highways 36 and 66, and has dozens of barrels in various stages of work. They are rubbed with linseed oil, which is a protectorate, and pressure washed. Fifteen years ago he went from what he calls blue collar work to making his first wood picnic table. Soon he was selling tables and chair through word of mouth. Now he can display his projects in his showroom (which he has plans to renovate). ~~~ Location: 4559 Ute Highway, Unit C.