NOTE FROM YOUR EDITOR: Back on June 1st, 2015, I wrote this posting on Facebook based on some research I was doing at the Lyons Redstone Museum and preparing for an exhibit, and an article I was writing for the Lyons Recorder:
Made a list of all the WOMEN OWNED & RUN STORES — Fifty-one shops/services are listed, with some having multiple women owners. Bravo! to the women who brought a large variety of services to Lyons and stimulated the economy. And congratulations to the Town of Lyons for being a supportive atmosphere for 72 women to open and grow their businesses. (and most are still open)…only 20 have closed, and in some cases other women took over! Eight of them are in business for 30 years or more.
You will see BELOW that every store (not the eateries) are either OWNED or Co-Owned by a woman! Congratulations Lyons for being such a birthing ground for woman entrepreneurs.
Rabbit Brush Gallery “soft opening”
Rabbit Brush Gallery has been in Hygiene for 16 years. The building was bought out, and Liz Durfee, owner, made the move to Lyons this month. It is a larger space, once leased by Red Canyon Art, on Main Street, so she can now sell work by approximately 80 artists, and 30 percent of them are from Colorado. She had a soft opening in May. When the weather gets better, she will have a Grand Opening celebration.
Here is a list of their products: features original fine art, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, prints, greeting cards, and gifts.
Featured 2-dimensional artists include: Pam Furumo, Blair Smallwood and Jason Kapella. —
We carry jewelry by Carolyn Beezley, Lucinda Moran, Pam Older, April Hale and Sarah DeAngelo. — Ceramic artists include MaryLynn Schumacher, Heather Kegel, Tina Davis and Cris Conklin. — Additionally, a great selection of fair-trade metal work from Haiti and Mexico, —baskets of all shapes and sizes, handsome wallets from Buffalo Billfold, beeswax candles from Bluecorn Naturals, fiber baskets and trivets from Jan Hood, terrific children’s books, toys and mobiles, Betsy Hannah’s charming children’s dresses and overalls, stenciled tees and glassware from Black Lantern, kitchen ware from Vermont Rolling Pins, Basic Spirit, High Fiber, Counter Couture, Kei & Molly, and Balizen. — Women’s accessories include handbags, scarves, hats and kimonos.
Fuzion Pho and Grill
Owner C J Bulgar says, “My wife (from Cambodia) and I are at Boulder Junction (highway 36 & 66). We have a food trailer, and sitting area, a small shop, and a Boba Tea and Coffee Truck. We are excited for this new chapter in our life and can’t wait to serve you some awesome pho and other things.” The gift shop opened May 28; and they are waiting for the Boulder County health permit to open their food truck.
“Pho” is pronounced “fuh.” The brown sauce is called hoisin sauce, offered on the side. Some people may consider Pho to be bland, and they use sweet and spicy flavor by adding hoisin sauce (made from soya beans, sugar, vinegar, and garlic) and/or sriracha, to dip their meat in. While the menu changes, some of the offerings they plan to serve are:
==Spicy Ginger Salmon
==Vietnamese fried chicken
==Shrimp pho, One of their traditional Vietnamese soups consists of shrimp and vegetables, such as green onions, in an aromatic broth served over rice noodles.
==Pho bo (beef pho) usually served with a large bowl of broth and rice noodles and is accompanied by thinly sliced raw beef and a plate of fresh garnishes like basil, cilantro, radishes, chilies, and lime.
==Fuzion Egg Rolls are handmade and always fresh.
Lovely by Nature, dog grooming
This little but hardy shop is located on the corner of 4th and Main Street. It was carved out of space that had been used by Red Canyon Art (where her greeting cards use to be).
Jenaé Sigg, owner, opened last May in a backroom at Lyons Veterinarian on High Street. She was welcomed with happy, open “paws” by Lyons, and has now expanded. On December 31, she opened in her own space. They use only products that “are good for our pups and our planet.” By appointment only (303)501-5882.
==The Spaw Package — full groom that includes: gentle ear cleaning, clip/dremel nails, pads, sanitary and style ==bath and brush alone ==nails clipped ……..and more.
3Cs Art Collective
Our business is 3Cs Art Collective and the owners are Connie Luebbert, Chelsea Snelson, and Christie Snelson. We are a mother/daughters business whose goal is to support local artists, give art lessons, and have shows. We hope to open in June. Our first show is July 22nd 6-9p.m. https://3csart.com; and for artists interested in showing: https://3csart.com/product/main-street-gallery-small-works-show/ They are located at 402 Main Street, in the lower level. You enter via the door that used to go to the hair dresser; the HJB leather store is to the east of the door.
HJB leather now “Bellwether”
You may have noticed new signage at HJB Designs at 402 Main St. unit B. Holly Beck has been running her custom leather craft business on Main Street now for 5 years. Her new space BELLWETHER by HJB DESIGNS has evolved to a retail-forward store, while keeping her leather studio running successfully under the restored arches from the old Soda Fountain.
While Mary Magdalena has moved on to Oregon, her art remains at the location in Holly’s store. Beck has attracted a handful of other artists including silversmith Shannon Garfein/Lefthand Designs with her beautiful precious metals, gems and leather jewelry pieces. Cody Carlough/Urban Range Colorado with carved inlay wood wall hangings and serving boards are also at BELLWETHER. Jake Pharr/Pharr Out Designs creates home furnishings out of recycled whiskey barrels and wine barrels. The late Lisah Runninghorse was an accomplished artist and horse whisperer who’s limited art pieces includes hand painted leather jackets, pottery and paintings. All these items can be found at BELLWETHER.
Beck chose the new name because while she is still working her leather craft, her store represents so much more, home furnishings, jewelry and apparel. The meaning of BELLWETHER in design and fashion means trendsetter or leader in design. Stop by the store to see Holly for your custom designed leather goods or pick up one of her artists pieces for yourself, home or gift.
Miscellaneous Business News
We announce, on a weekly basis, the business news in our News Briefs, but this is an easy Quarterly Wrap Up for you:
Kinfolk Pizza and Chicken moved out of MainStage Brewing, on Main Street, (ending their one-year lease). They have a new kitchen chef, serving a casual menu that includes pizza. —- They celebrated their One Year Anniversary in mid-May: “We’re debuting our brand new beer, Uno: First Anniversary Mexican Lager this weekend. Simple, delicious, clean – everything you want to celebrate a great first year at MainStage.” — They are offering this summer live bands every 3-day weekend.
There will be a second food truck located near Fuzion Pho, at Boulder Junction. All we know is that it will serve great grilled cheese sandwiches!
The Stone Cup coffee shop and cafe is still up for sale. — Owners Sam and Mindy Tallent are aiming to retire and enjoy their grandkids more. — “Starting Wed. June 1st, we’ll be open 7:30am – 2pm. Kitchen last call will be at 1:30pm.” — Live music (an acoustic musician) on the patio from 10a.m. to 1 p.m. almost every Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
There will be an Italian restaurant in the spot that used to be occupied by Bella Le Creme butter shop. They have been approved for a liquor license. Marigold Lyons, 405 Main St. is owned by Theodore Adley.
Moxie’s bread and bakery coffee shop has also been approved to have a liquor license.
A-Lodge is hauling in lots of construction material this month, and has gotten started in creating the much bigger entertainment space, to the east of the motel. They are aiming to open in mid-June or late-June with a full schedule of live music, and food trucks.
Plume & Furrow – trailer located in front of Lyons Farmette. 5/30/22 The owners say: “We have worked very hard through a tough Spring to get veggies and blooms to our community. We are happy to announce we’ve stocked our Flower Stand with 10 Wrapped Market Bouquets, Dozen Eggs from Long Table Farmstead, plus bags of Spinach and Salad Turnips from our farm. As always, our farm stand is open from 8-8 p.m. and is still an honor-system stand, so please come with cash/check or you can Venmo us. Thanks again for all the support.” -Kim, Grant, and the P&F Team
FRIDA’s Empanadas (old Farmer Girl restaurant space on Main Street) — comments added here Friday June 3 — Gregory Schrodt said on Facebook: To provide clarification to this post… my wife, Macarena Anguita Schrodt, owns (the business) Frida Cafe & Bakery. She was trying to lease the restaurant space at 432 Main St. But after many problems with the (building) ownership and delays caused by the owners, she has decided not to move forward leasing this space. Please stay tuned to Frida Cafe & Bakery, as she will be cooking Empanadas soon in a commercial kitchen in Loveland and selling locally. Her end goal is a food truck for this business, so when she starts slinging awesome Empanadas, buy a lot and help this business take off! The Frida Cafe & Bakery business is in no way whatsoever associated with the owners of the 432 Main St business!
After much dire problems with getting permits and approvals from the Town of Lyons, including foreclosures, owner Angelique Layton plans to open the restaurant soon, even though Macarena will no longer be involved (Frida’s Cafe). She will have breakfast through dinner in a family friendly place. Both Angelique and the Town of Lyons are open to talk to you about the troubles in taking many months to get the permits approved.
Barking Dog — comments added here Friday June 3 — The popular town coffee shop on Main Street has closed its doors due to back taxes due. According to the sign on the door, it owes $124,000+ going back to non-payments starting in May of 2019. You could always see a local you knew there, to stop and chat. And visiting bicyclists… and people with dogs were frequent visitors. 146 people clicked “sad” emojis; and 110 people wrote sad comments.