Music keeps driving All That as business thrives in new location
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — All That in Steamboat Springs has new owners, but the store’s 42-year run of providing one-of-a-kind service, unique items and music to customers will keep on spinning.
“We have had to evolve,” new owner Kim Bates said. “The industry in and of itself has changed. Downloading music is a thing, as where tangible CDs are not as much of a thing. Vinyl is coming back strong, which we love. We are really big on the used vinyl. We can do new vinyl, and we can special order anything.”
Bates and Brian Bacon bought the business from longtime owner Kim Haggarty in November. Shortly before the sale, the store moved from its old location in the Alpenglow building at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue, where it had been for about nine years, to its new home at 811 Lincoln Ave. right next door to the Chief Theater.
While the location is new and Bates’ title as owner is new, she is no stranger to retail or the regular customers who walk through the doors of All That. She has been with the store since 2012, and Bates, who grew up in Steamboat, started working at the store when she was 13.
“It was my first job working for Joe,” Bates said.
Former owner Joe Kbodui opened the store, which was known as All That Jazz, in 1977. Back then, the store sold mostly vinyl records and cassette tapes.
Bates said customers will still find lots of new and used records along with CDs and used cassettes in the store. But, in today’s competitive retail market, the inventory has been expanded to offer women’s clothing, men’s clothing, jewelry, soap, comic books and other gift items.
“We have added a couple of new lines, but we have kept the basic lines our customers love,” Bates said. “We have also added a couple of new, local vendors.”
Customers will find plenty of locally made jewelry from Leather Again, Northern Lights and Kozmicroots. The store also offers hand-drawn hats from Lower Bear Hats, lotion, soaps and bath balms from Goat’s Goods and balms, bath salts and aromatherapy mists from Holistica Botanicals.
“Our gifts are sassy and saucy,” Bates said. “We like to push it a little bit with our gifts. We do do sweet, but our sass is predominate here. Music is the heart of the store. It’s what it was based on in 1977, and that’s Joe. We want to keep that.”
Bates said the store looks for items that can’t be found in other places. She stressed that the store’s uniqueness is what sets All That apart from other retailers.
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