NEW HOTEL: The new hotel on Main Street is working on its DESIGN planning and permitting process. Some people thought because there was no construction going on that it was stalled or wouldn’t happen, but it’s just normal paperwork. We contacted the Planner who handled the first phase that went before the Board of Trustees for review and approval earlier this year. Now that the first phase is done, she is off the project. We contacted the two owners, Edna Johnson and Agnes Rey Giraud, on August 29th and have not received a reply as of September 8th. We will keep you posted. (See “Editor’s Notes and News Briefs” in future editions.)
Saunas (by Pharr)
PHARR OUT DESIGNS: SAUNAS! Jacob Pharr is known for his whiskey barrel wooden chairs and fire pits business. He now also has a new business: Hot Box Saunas LLC. 8/16/22: “This vision started a few years ago when my good friend and I built a small sauna, on his property in northern Colorado. It was an amazing build. Since then I’ve been researching/studying the history and lifestyle benefits of saunas and enjoying these benefits every chance I get. If you have not had a chance to research the extraordinary benefits of regular sauna use, please take the time to do so. I’m so happy to announce that we are in the beginning phases of building our first sauna. The first one (which will be available to own soon) will be built with all of the possible upgrades. I want every sauna we build from day one to have absolutely everything a sauna should.”
The Vintage LadyBug
UPDATE: Rosey’s Rescues is no longer at this location
It is fun to just browse this store to enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of the antique merchandise, whether you make a purchase or not. This 2,000 square foot shop has been open since May 2022, and I heard about it by favorable word of mouth. It is located at the intersection of Hwy. 36 and 66, 4559 Ute Highway, Unit B. Rose Floyd used to have a shop in the big, brown barn on Broadway that got torn down for the new upcoming hotel on Main Street. Her shop, Rosey’s Rescues, has vintage and other used quality clothing and hats, antique unique dishes, vintage items like clocks, and so much more.
She is joined by Tina Cervantes who runs The Vintage Ladybug in the same space. NOTE: the sign out front is just “LadyBug” and not “Rosey.”
She too use to have a smaller shop in Estes Park. Tina describes her items as upscale flea market because of its reasonable prices, but also because she has gathered treasures from estate sales, garage sales, consignment stores, thrift stores, and more. She points out that she also carries MANtiques, and Vintage Menswear, and encourages men to stop by.
Rather than your typical shop with dozens of shelves, they have designed the shop so each room has similar items for sale; such as a bedroom with typical furnishings, or a man or woman’s closet, and even a late 1800’s mining shack. Rose said that people should not think of the items as collections, say of the 10 coffee pots there, but that they just happen to be in the same themed room. There are additional items upstairs and outside in a permanent tent.
“My mom was a custom clothing fashion designer,” said Rose. “I can show more clothing, and everything, here because my other store was so small. I feel it’s a good thing to join forces with another person. It is fun resurrecting these items from over the years.”
A-Lodge Rock Garden
A bright spot on Main Street is the greatly expanded patio at the A-Lodge location. There previously was a patio with a very small bar and a fire pit, and occasional live music that opened on July 28th.
Now, the new Rock Garden is complete and triple the size. It has bright red Adirondack chairs that catch your eye as you drive down Main Street. You will recall our announcement that FED food truck is now permanently located at this venue. What a catch for Lyons! These are creatively presented fresh farm foods, cooked while you wait.
The Juicy food truck was delayed in opening because of a wait for their permit from the health department, but opened this past week. It serves cold-pressed juice, smoothies and espresso. They say: “Come enjoy local farm fresh and tasty smoothies, bowls, juices and Concious Coffee 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesdays.”
In general, the bar and FED truck are open:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 4 – 9 p.m., Fridays 4 – 10 p.m., Closed Tuesdays // Saturdays 11:30 to 10 p.m.; and Sundays 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Check out their Facebook page for more specifics. (Juicy Truck has separate hours)
Schedule of Activities:
Tuesdays are quiet days to come and talk with friends, perhaps around the fire pit, from 4 to 9p.m. (and FED is currently not open that day). Wednesday is the Songwriter Showcase, 6 to 9p.m., with popular local musician Dechen Hawk leading two performers each week; showcasing a mix of the area’s most talented, up-and-coming songwriters. They tried out a free movie day weekly on Thursdays on their big outdoor screen, but will be switching to doing it monthly; and are also working on a Family Night (both “to be announced”). Live bands perform on Friday nights, through October, with a Happy Hour before.
Owner Asa Firestone is a real go-getter with lots of ideas. As part of their purchase of the motel next door to the patio/garden (which they renovated), they also purchased the Victoria home facing Main Street (which they used for housing while constructing the Rock Garden). It is for rent, and is large enough for families or big groups to rent, which will probably be very popular during Planet Bluegrass events. But don’t forget about Christmas events! (They have job openings for a friendly front desk clerk, and experienced weekend bartenders)
A-Lodge is getting into being full service for wedding parties at their motel and patio. Lyons residents can get a discount on motel rentals; go to www.lyons.a-lodge.com and type in “lyonslove.”
(NOTE, the days and hours of events and food have changed, now and then, as they continue to experiment during these few opening weeks, so call them if you need to be sure they are open.)