As summer approaches, new businesses get ready to open in Steamboat Springs |

As summer approaches, new businesses get ready to open in Steamboat Springs

— As mud season comes to an end, several people in Steamboat Springs are preparing to launch new businesses.

From a new artist studio to a new store that will feature lingerie on Lincoln Avenue, here’s a quick look at some new establishments coming to town, along with some other business updates.

Relax and paint

There soon will be a new place to relax and get creative with a paint brush near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Local artist Christine Roche is opening Steamboat Art Strokes, a “paint and sip” artist studio and gallery that will feature lessons, painting parties and more.

“Everyone will go home with a finished product and a lasting memory of Steamboat,” Roche said.

Roche, who enjoys oil and plein air painting, said the studio will be a place for both beginners and experienced artists.

When classes aren’t in session, the space will be used as a studio by local artists, and their work will be displayed.

Studio visitors will be able to pay a modest fee and paint under the direction of local artists.

All materials will be provided.

Sip and paint events will allow adults to have a drink and a light appetizer during the painting.

Roche predicts Steamboat Art Strokes will be a popular place for bachelorette parties, date nights, conferences, fundraisers, parties and other celebrations.

She is hoping to host a soft opening in June.

The studio is next to the Steamboat Grand on Mount Werner Circle.

“I love painting, and I just want to share it with others,” Roche said.

Gigi’s Closet

At Cindy Hayek’s latest store in downtown Steamboat, customers will be able to find everything they need for the beach — and the bedroom.

Gigi’s Closet, opening at 822 Lincoln Ave., will feature swimwear and lingerie, as well as basic fundamentals for both women and men.

The store will also feature makeup and skincare products and offer some salon services, including pedicures and spray tans.

Hayek said women in Steamboat currently have nowhere to go and be fitted for lingerie, and she’s excited to offer the service in the new store.

“This is not something women like to buy online. This is something women like to try on and make sure it works,” Hayek said.

Hayek said the store will likely be open by Father’s Day, and there will be an opening party.

She is opening the store with co-owner Alexa Nachtweih

Nachtweih and Hayek recently opened In Celebration of Kids on Lincoln Avenue.

Gigi’s Closet will be managed by Gina Silveri.

The store is currently hiring prior to the opening.

Moose Mountain on the move

Fans of Moose Mountain Trading Co. will be happy to know the business will soon reopen in a new location, just a door away from where it used to be.

Chris and Lindsay Dillenbeck, the owners of FM Light & Sons and Chrysalis, recently bought the Moose Mountain brand from Jenny Wall.

They plan to reopen the store at 824 Lincoln Ave., where Ortega’s Jewelers used to be.

“We bought (Moose Mountain) for a couple of reasons. The first is it has been such a successful business in Steamboat for 21 years,” Chris Dillebeck said. “It fits a need in Steamboat, and if it wasn’t around, that need wouldn’t be met. We saw this as a good opportunity to keep this going.”

Dillenbeck said it is also in the best interest of his other businesses to have successful businesses on the same block.

The Dillenbeck’s hope to have the store open by summer.

“We’re going to keep it kind of the same, but since it is also under new ownership, we will bring our own style and look to things,” Dillenbeck said.

Other business updates:

• A business has executed a letter of intent for the former Wendy’s space in Sundance at Fish Creek. Bob Larson, the owner’s representative of the shopping complex, said the letter of intent for the property is confidential, and he was unable to comment on it at this time.

• Major renovations are underway at Sake2U, the sushi restaurant on Yampa Street that was forced to close after a pipe burst and flooded the establishment. The restaurant is planning to reopen this summer. Check back for an opening date.

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