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Store provides opportunity for small-business owners

Craig Lodge recently opened the Steamboat Obsessions consignment and frame shop with his wife Dawn.
Matt Stensland

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Steamboat Obsessions is a 4,200-square-foot consignment marketplace that sells a variety of goods, rents booths to people who want to sell their own things and also does custom framing. Craig and Dawn Lodge own the business, which is located at 2851 Riverside Plaza, #10. The store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 879-1148.

— Craig and Dawn Lodge were thinking beyond just consignment when they decided to open Steamboat Obsessions in Riverside Plaza.

“We would like to make this into a home furniture design store,” Craig Lodge said.

For now, the 4,200-square-foot store essentially is a mini mall inside of a strip mall. In addition to selling prints and doing custom framing, Lodge sells a variety of consigned items and furniture.



“I like eclectic and unique things,” he said.

Take for example, the rolling wooden ladders that are sometimes seen in bookstores that he has for sale.



“I don’t like run of the mill things,” Lodge said.

What makes the business even more unique is Lodge is renting space inside of the business to small business-owners who are in need of retail or showroom space.

“It’s difficult for people to start stores so we’re trying to get mini stores in here,” Lodge said.

Irene Nelson has set up a furniture and home fixture display for her business, Irene Nelson Interiors.

Showroom space was exactly what Knotty Aspen Log Furniture owner Keith Fulk needed. He has been making custom log furniture originals for about five years, but has never had a retail space. He’s relied mostly on word-of-mouth and advertising to sell the furniture, but now he finally has a showroom.

“It works out great from me,” Fulk said. “I didn’t have to make a big investment with opening a store or hiring a sales staff. I’m more interested in selling the furniture.”

Fulk said he has sold a couple pieces to people who saw his furniture on display at Steamboat Obsessions, which opened about a month ago.

While people might be looking for a new piece of log furniture, Lodge, 53, said he hopes to build the store’s collection of used furniture and antiques.

“I think there is a market for good used furniture,” Lodge said.

He said he grew up around antiques because his parents owned an antique store.

“I was refinishing 19th century armoires when I was 14 years old,” said Lodge, a retired firefighter who moved to Steamboat Springs 12 years ago.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4210

or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com


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