Business briefs: Local Ace Hardware store earns national award |

Business briefs: Local Ace Hardware store earns national award

Ace, the ‘cool’ place

It may have been scorching hot in Las Vegas last week, but employees of the local Ace Hardware store in Steamboat Springs who traveled to Vegas were feeling pretty “cool.”

That’s because store representatives were in Vegas to grab Ace’s coveted Coolest Hardware Store Award.

The award only is given to six of Ace’s 4,850 locally-owned and operated stores worldwide.

“To borrow the words from Coolest Hardware Store, it’s just really cool to be picked by Ace as one of the coolest hardware stores on the planet,” owner Scott Schlapkohl said in a news release announcing the award.

The local Ace store is owned by Schlapkohl and Danny Swanson.

Local restaurants earn national recognition for wine lists

Restaurants in Steamboat Springs were well represented on a newly published list of places in the country with the best wine lists.

Four Steamboat Springs eateries were featured in Wine Spectator’s 2014 Restaurant Awards.

The honorees include Mambo Italiano, bistro c.v., Carl’s Tavern and Harwig’s/L’Apogee.

The Home Ranch in Clark also made the list.

The five Routt County wine destinations were among the more than 80 mentioned in the state of Colorado.

Wine Spectator started recognizing the best wine lists in the country in 1981.

The award winners will be listed in an Aug. 31 issue of the magazine.

RE/MAX adds new agent

Stephan Baden said that his newest member at RE/MAX partners has “a great sense of humor, a winning style and an honest approach.”

The real estate company has announced Dylan Davidson now is on the team.

According to a news release, Davidson is an accomplished snowboard instructor who “has spent the last twelve years taking full advantage of our Steamboat Springs lifestyle.”

Davidson, a native of New Zealand, can be reached at 970-819-8148 or

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