If you had told Rhonda Swenson last March that her company would be increasing sales and distribution worldwide, she would not have believed you.
“We had just been to two tradeshows, the Outdoor Retailer show in the states and the international trade show in Europe, had grown our business by 25% and then COVID-19 hit. It was an ‘oh-blank’ moment!” said Swenson, a Vail resident and founder, CEO and creative director of Krimson Klover, a clothing brand designed for women, by women, based in Boulder, CO.
The news about the coronavirus and uncertainty that surrounded it sprung the Kirmson Klover team into action. Swenson immediately got on the phone with her biggest dealers, knowing that everyone was going to try to cut back their orders and that the future was uncertain for all.
“Christy Sports, Vail Resorts’ retail shops, Title 9 and others all cut their orders back 30% and that enabled us to go back to our factories and cut our orders back 30%” Swenson said.
Then Krimson Klover called its factories, which are located in Portugal, Romania, Viet Nam, Indonesia and China.
“We work with really small, family-owned factories, not the big conglomerates, and our factories got behind us,” Swenson said. “They must have amazing relationships with their material suppliers because they were able to get us out of all of our raw material so we have no debt and neither do our factories, which was amazing,” Swenson said.
Despite the impact of COVID-19 on the clothing manufacturing and retail sector, the brand has achieved new growth targets by expanding to over 50 accounts across Europe and the Southeast Pacific in the first season. The 2020-21 collection can now be found in more than 10 countries worldwide, including Austria, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, Russia, Czech Republic, Japan and Canada.
“To build our brand, we needed to build it on a world stage. So, I wanted to go into Europe because it just makes us more relevant in the ski world. Sking is such a heritage sport there,” Swenson said. “I actually think Krimson Klover will be bigger in Europe than in the U.S., it’s really taking off. They love what we’re doing,” Swenson said.
Andreas Nägele, of Arnold Sports, Germany and is in charge of international sales for Krimson Klover. He explains why the brand translates so well overseas.
“When we first met with Krimson Klover, we knew the timing for retro graphics and bold color were ideal for Europe. As a signature mark, the designs and base layer weights are unique for our resort clients and they relish the energy that Krimson Klover brings to the market. Our buyers appreciate that these are products for women, inspired by women, no ‘shrink it and pink it” as they say,” Nägele said.
Since its launch in 2010, Krimson Klover has established itself as a leader in Alpine sport style. The brand has spent the last decade building a best-in-class reputation throughout North America with more than 500 retail accounts and growing. For more information, follow Krimson Klover on their Instragram and Facebook accounts and visit krimsonklover.com.
10 activities and events coming to Vail, Beaver Creek this winter: Tricia’s Winter Picks
The ski season looks a little different this year, but there are still glimpses of splendor, wonder and winter’s brilliance through events that are either socially distanced or virtual. Safety is a top priority this winter, while still enjoying the best time of year. Here are a few ideas on how to fill your days and nights while in the Vail Valley this winter.
Vail’s Welcome to the Brilliance of Winter features tree lightings, ice skating shows, astronomy nights and more. Free take-home crafts like an ornament painting kit from Alpine Arts Center can be found by visiting the Vail Welcome Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily on the top deck of the Vail Village parking structure.
The skating shows are just 15 minutes to promote people from gathering for too long. This week’s show will feature 2018 Olympian Karen Chen and one of the stars from Disney’s “World on Ice,” Alexe Gilles, who portrays Elsa in “Frozen on Ice.” The shows will be at 5 and 6 p.m. on Dec. 5, 12, 29 and 26. Astronomy Nights start next Saturday. See revelyvail.com for the entire schedule.
Vail Holidays – Dec. 11-Dec. 31
Kris Kringle Market – Dec. 11-12 – Vail Village
Shop local and support local businesses and artisans by visiting the Kris Kringle Market on Dec. 11 and 12 in Vail Village. Sip on a hot drink while shopping for wares to deck out your home or shopping for those on your holiday list. Check out facebook.com/VailKrisKringle for more details.
Holiday Sweater Run – Dec. 12 – Vail Village
Don your flashy-est jingle sweater and some fun tights and hit the streets of Vail for the annual Holiday Sweater Run on Dec. 12. The 5K run will start in waves beginning at 8:45 a.m. and will start and end at Bart & Yeti’s in Lionshead. Register in advance at vailrec.com.
Tree Lighting Ceremony – Vail Village
The official holiday tree in Lionshead Village was lit on Nov. 28 in a virtual ceremony on Facebook.com/discovervailco. Check the website or Facebook page to see when the tree lighting will be in Vail Village near the Covered Bridge.
New Years Eve Fireworks – Dec. 31 – over the skies of Vail
View fireworks from the base of Vail Mountain, from a snowshoe trail across the valley, from your hotel or condo window or from your car in the parking structures, ring in the New Year after viewing the Vail Holidays Fireworks display.
Magic of Lights: – Dec. 11-Jan. 24 — Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
New this season, Magic of Lights Vail is a one-of-a-kind celebration of lights offering a memorable, physically-distanced and safe activity for the entire family. Experience a half million lights that will be artfully displayed along a 0.5-mile area of the Lower Bench area of Ford Park and culminates in the beautiful Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. This is an area that most people don’t visit during the wintertime, so prepare to be wowed this season east of Vail Village.
This is a ticketed event with peak pricing (adults: $20; children ages 3 to 12: $10; Children 2 years and younger are free and do not require a ticket) and off-peak pricing (adults: $15; children ages 3 to 12: $5; Children 2 years and younger are free and do not require a ticket). For more information and to get tickets, visit magicoflightsvail.com.
Vail Winterfest – Dec. 20-End of January – Gore Creek, Vail Village
View artwork with ice as the medium in the illuminated Ice Sculpture Installation and Community Lantern Display as it comes to life on Dec. 20 and lasts until the end of January. These ice sculptures come to life on Gore Creek and make for great photos ops. The Community Lanterns offer a festive touch to Vail Village. Go to vailholidays.com for more information.
Vail Après Ski – 4 p.m. daily – Vail and Lionshead villages
Après is a French term that means “after” so après ski simply translated means “after skiing” and is the equivalent to happy hour. The town of Vail started a new tradition to kick off après ski last season with the ringing of the bells to herald the beginning of Vail Aprés, featuring strolling outdoor live music on select days and signature specials at shops and restaurants.
Vilar Performing Arts Center events
While most events and activities will be held outdoors, the Vilar Performing Arts Center hopes to host some in-person events along with virtual events. Here’s a look at the lineup as of press time. Check vilarpac.org for more information and updates to schedules.
Vilar Film Series
Teton Gravity Research “Roadless” – Dec. 17 – Tickets: $10 – 4:30 and 8 p.m.
Teton Gravity Research “Make Believe” – Dec. 22 and 23 – Tickets: $10– 4:30 and 8 p.m.
“S&M2: Metallica & San Francisco Symphony” – Dec. 28 and 29 – Tickets: $20 – 8 p.m.
The Residency Concerts – Check vilarpac.org for ticket details
With multi-day residencies in Beaver Creek, the Vilar Performing Arts Center is taking a unique approach to concerts during a pandemic. At press time, the following concerts are set to be small-attendance, socially-distanced shows in the theater.
Micaela Taylor’s All Star Band – Jan. 7-9, 7 p.m.
Robert Randolph featuring G. Love, Michael Kang & Special Guests – Jan. 14-16, 7 p.m.
Leftover Salmon – Jan. 21-23, 7 p.m.
Keller Williams – Jan. 28-30, 7 p.m. Some shows will feature the Keller Williams duo and special guest Greg Garrison of Leftover Salmon, and the Keller Williams Trio featuring special guests Garrett Sayers of Motet and Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic
Oteil Burbridge Trio and special guests – Feb. 4-6, 7 p.m.
A comedy show in set for Dec. 27. Straight from Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Standups of All Time,” Jim Breuer will present “The New Normal” at 6 and 9 p.m. I think we could all use some comedy as we close out 2020. See the Vilar’s protocols for how they are following Eagle County’s guidelines for holding events safely at this time.
The Vilar Performing Arts Center is also streaming many events. Look for wonderful performances from holiday shows to ballet to classical shows and more. The Vilar is also hosting Meet the Expert, which are streamed classes that are a part of a career-preparedness series. Here, viewers can learn about the entertainment industry and the different opportunities available to those who are inspired by the arts. Log on to vilarpac.org or follow social media platforms for more information.
Beaver Creek Wonder – all season
Beaver Creek has some surprises for you the next time you visit the village. Beaver Creek Wonder is not a pandemic project, but rather something that has been in the making for over three years and it’s coming to fruition this season, which is fitting since many attractions need to be outdoors due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Beaver Creek is calling this an artistic playground of photo-friendly, oversized sculptures that are placed throughout the plaza. Here’s a list of the new creations and for more information, go to Beavercreek.com or download the new and improved app.
CHIPS: Dreamy childhood memories come alive at CHIPS: the remodeled ice cream truck that’s been turned into a cookie truck.
Frost Flowers: Ever in bloom, Frost Flowers and their petals illuminate the village each night
Snowed In: Experience the magic of a Colorado winter day inside this life-size snow globe.
Reflections: Discover a new perspective with a peek into the ski mirrors.
Ice Bikes: Enjoy classic summer fun on the rink as you pedal an ice bike, no skates necessary.
Super G: View Beaver Creek through vibrant, larger-than-life goggles.
Colorado Snowsports Museum
The Colorado Snowsports Museum is open for guests to learn more about the fascinating history of snowsports in Colorado. Located in the top Vail Village parking structure, the Colorado Snowsports Museum is a must see to and from the slopes and activities and shops of Vail Village. Speaking of shops, the Colorado Snowsports Museum has a wonderful gift shop right in the museum.
The Colorado Snowsports Museum underwent a multi-million dollar remodel and now showcases artifacts, equipment and information throughout six main exhibits These range from a section on the 10th Mountain Division, the famed winter warfare unit that trained just south of Vail at Camp Hale, to an interactive table display, an idea that came from the Smithsonian Institute, that shows the history of ski resorts throughout Colorado.
The Colorado Snowsports Museum’s offers programming as well. The popular Through the Lens presentation series is back for another winter. During the pandemic, the presentations will be virtual. Through the Lens presentations feature notable scientists, athletes and historians as they share stories and experiences that have helped shape Colorado’s rich snow sports heritage. All programs will be virtual this year and will go live from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Events are free with a suggested donation.
The Colorado Snowsports Museum also offers free Walking Tours on “everything you wanted to know about Vail in 60 minutes.” From how Vail was conceived and the crazy years of building the resort to the world-class resort it is today, learn more about this beloved mountain community. Tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, start at 11 a.m. and are $5 per person. Learn more about the Colorado Snowsports Museum at snowsportsmuseum.org.
There are several ice rinks throughout Eagle County and at press time they were operating and hope to continue operating this winter. Let the kids burn off some energy while you grab a drink and enjoy the stars or snow while outdoors. Don’t forget, both Vail villages and Beaver Creek now allow those 21 and older to have adult beverages is designated areas. Ice rinks can be found at Solaris in Vail Village, the Arrabelle and Vail Square in Lionshead, the Dobson Ice Arena in Lionshead, the Black Family Ice Rink in Beaver Creek and the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink.
Skate rentals are available at many of these locations if you don’t have your own. Skating lessons are available at some locations, too. New this year at Beaver Creek: ice bikes. I have not seen these yet, but be on the lookout for them this season. Also, if the weather cooperates, there may be an ice rink set up on a part of Nottingham Lake this winter, so follow the town of Avon’s website or social media channels for more information.
Ice bumper cars
Speaking of ice time, you can enjoy scooting around on the new ice bumper cars at the Dobson Ice Arena this year. The Vail Recreation District debuted these fun vehicles last spring and they offer adults and children over 48-inches tall the opportunity to zoom around, spin, skid and slide to a good time.
Rides are $10 per person for a 15-minute ride. There will be one trip per half-hour to allow for social distancing between groups. Up to 12 people at a time can go out on the bumper cars per session. Get your reservations and learn more by going to vailrec.com.
The Landing Mercantile in Beaver Creek features hundreds of unique gifts and housewares
The Vail Farmers Market and Art show has been a huge hit during the summers for almost two decades. This winter, Beaver Creek will get a taste of the Vail Farmers Market and Art Show with a new store, The Landing Mercantile.
The Landing Mercantile is in a prime spot in Beaver Creek. It right next to the Beaver Creek Children’s Ski and Snowboard School, the Park Hyatt, the Beaver Creek Ice Rink and all the shops on the plaza.
“For years I’ve been looking at what the markets in Denver do in the winter, which is find a location to house their vendors inside, like in a warehouse,” said Angela Mueller of the Vail Farmers Market and Art Show. “We don’t have a lot of large spaces to do something like that, and then this space became available. It’s a scaled-down Farmers Market concept, but indoors during the winter.”
The indoor market will feature artists curated for their unique and handcrafted wares from around the region. Expect to find products from 160 vendors ranging from art and photography, housewares, children’s books, clothing, dolls and baby blankets, to handbags, jewelry, accessories, specialty foods and more.
“I think the vendors are a little nervous about the future with the pandemic, so to have someplace like this to show off and sell their products throughout more months of the year, they’re very excited about it,” Mueller said.
Bringing products from the Vail Farmers Market and Art Show to Beaver Creek provides an opportunity to reach a new audience.
“A lot of second home owners are staying longer and even those who are here for a shorter vacation may not be skiing as much. Shopping can help fill their days and nights,” Mueller said.
With the holidays upon us, consider shopping small to support these local artisans. If you don’t feel like coming into the store, all items are being featured on the website with delivery and shipping available.
“By shopping with us you support the people who live and create these unique items in Colorado. These items are made with quality and priced competitively,” Mueller said.
The store will also provide coffee and grab-and-go items along with take-home food and wine and beer for guests to purchase while they stroll through the village. Beaver Creek has a new Common Consumption Area throughout the village, designated as a legal place to drink alcohol if you are 21 or older.
Expect The Landing Mercantile to be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. once the season ramps up a bit more. For more information, to shop products and order delivery visit landingmercantile.com.
Vail Mountain Coffee and tea opens new Beaver Creek location
If you’re looking for a cup of Joe on your way to the lifts at Beaver Creek, stop by Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company’s new shop in the village. The old Starbucks location now houses the local coffee roaster, which is based out of Minturn.
Founders Chris Chantler and Craig Arseneau started Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company in 1989 with the Daily Grind on Bridge Street. They built up a successful wholesale business and now have a 7,150-square-foot facility in Minturn. They added a cafe a couple of years ago to that location.
“Our goal with the cafe in Minturn was to create an authentic coffee experience inviting our customers inside our roastery and sharing our story and passion for coffee and tea,” Chantler said. “The cafe caught the eye of Vail Resorts as a potential coffee partner at Beaver Creek. I think Beaver Creek is trying build on the guest experience by offering a unique local coffee concept.”
Things moved fast, even during a pandemic, and Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company and Vail Resorts inked the deal in mid-September and the remodel started on Oct. 2. They opened for business on Nov. 13.
“A rather stressful six weeks for sure,” Chantler said. “We are so grateful to the team at Arrigoni Woods and European Wood Concepts for their design experience and the professional way they executed the remodel. Timing is everything and we are very excited to join the Beaver Creek community.”
At the new location, look for drinks that are more European in style.
“Craig and I have always wanted to showcase the coffee in our espresso drinks and not mask the flavor with various sweet flavorings and copious volumes of steamed milk,” Chantler said.
The cappuccinos will be more of European size made with a double shot and just 5 ounces of velvety milk foam layered on top. The Cortado and Flat White drinks on the menu will be served with the same philosophy. Mochas and traditional lattes will be offered in traditional sizes with the opportunity to flavor with both regular syrups and sugar free options.
For tea lovers, the shop sells 55 different loose leaf teas at the Minturn location. In Beaver Creek, they have edited the list to 12 of their top selling teas. Pair any of these drinks with fresh sweet and savory items baked on-site for breakfast, lunch and grab-and-go snacks throughout the day.
In addition to coffee in the morning, Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company is planning on serving hot drinks with alcohol once they receive their liquor license in a few weeks. Chantler says they also plan to offer a weekly cocktail on tap, micro beers and wine. The hot craft cocktails will feature spirits from local distilleries paired with their coffee, teas and Ghirardelli hot chocolate. Some of the creative cocktails include:
The Ullr Hot Chocolate — Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate with Ullr Peppermint Cinnamon Schnapps — guaranteed to create a few snow angles at après ski
The Grind Irish Coffee — Rock & Rye whisky, Irish cream, coffee with a hint of vanilla
Rock n’ Chai — Rye whiskey, Kummel steamed with Sherpa Chai
London Calling — Earl Grey tea with Fernet, dry Curcao honey syrup and oat milk.
The new Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company in Beaver Creek plans to be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. this winter. For more information, visit vailcoffee.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Warren Miller movie premiere, restaurant deals, art programs and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/13/20
America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day is Nov. 15 and Eagle County wants to help you understand the best ways to recycle every day of the year. According to the lovevail.org website, the current national recycling rate is 35% while the state of Colorado’s rate is 16%. The town of Vail recycling rate is 27%, just shy of the Eagle County rate of 28%.
Are you confused about what can and can’t be recycled? If the answer is yes, download the free Eagle County Waste Wizard app. The Recycling Guide will give you and your family the answers to all your recycling questions at your fingertips.
Walking Mountains Science Center has been counting down to America Recycles Day by offering tips and tricks to help you recycle right and manage your waste more sustainably. New tips are posted daily to its Sustainability Facebook page and Instagram stories (search for @walkingmtns). You can also send in your questions to @walkingmtns or tag #recycleright and the Walking Mountains Zero Waste team will answer your questions.
If you want to ditch the single-use plastics, head over to Fill & Refill, a store in Edwards that is dedicated to reducing single-use plastic by selling many household items like shampoo and laundry detergent that are unpackaged. Simply bring in your own containers or purchase reusable containers at Fill & Refill and break the cycle of contributing to more plastic waste. More info can be found at fillandrefill.com.
On Friday, the town of Vail had planned to host a recycling event for paper shredding and electronic waste. Due to the rising COVID-19 cases in Eagle County, the town of Vail is postponing the event and it will be rescheduled when the COVID-19 case numbers have been lowered.
As an alternative, Eagle County residents can take electronics waste to the Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste facility in Wolcott. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There is a small charge for electronics and Eagle County residents can deposit up to 20 items of household hazardous waste, such as paint, free of charge per visit.
Second Friday ARTwalk on Broadway
This weekend marks the second anniversary of the Second Friday ARTwalk, a monthly event held in downtown Eagle. The milestone won’t be marked by any grand celebrations due to COVID-19 restrictions, but you are still invited to stop by and support local artists and shops on Broadway and beyond on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. by ordering takeout, getting gift cards and doing a quick shopping trip in the shops and galleries.
Founder and event organizer Tara Novak, owner of ARTSPaCE workshop and gallery, has been working hard throughout the pandemic to support local artists and small businesses that are a part of the Eagle community. Novak is currently working on uploading items by local artists for holiday gift ideas on artspaceworkshop.com to provide a resource for those looking to shop local this holiday season.
The Vail Valley Art Guild will be holding a member exhibit on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitors will be allowed to choose two free holiday greetings cards designed by artist Beth Levine. The Vail Valley Art Guild’s Gallery is located at 108 Second Street in Eagle.
Even though the Broadway Promenade in downtown Eagle won’t be bustling with exhibitor tents and food trucks like it has in the past, browse the art galleries and stop by the restaurants for a quick bite or takeout or buy a gift card and support those places as well:
Bonfire Brewery’s 10th Anniversary Celebration – new chalk art reveal by Natalia Gray, live music with The Evolution from 6 to 9 p.m.
Katch of the Day Wine Bar – Frida Kahlo, Picasso, other assorted vintage art and wine specials
Owashi Sushi Kitchen – fine art exhibit and dining specials
Chics Couture – fall sale, local artisan jewelry
Everyday Outfitters – fall sale, home holiday decor and art prints
71st annual Warren Miller Movie Premier
Even though we are in the middle of a pandemic, it’s still stoke season and the 71st annual Warren Miller movie, “Future Retro,” is the official flick that kicks it off.
You read that correctly, 71 years of Warren Miller films. These films about winter skiing and snowboarding attract die-hard enthusiasts, aspiring wanna-be pro athletes and even those who may never step foot on the slopes this winter. The footage, music and commentary are that entertaining and iconic. And although you can’t watch this year’s movie on the big screen like in the past, you’ll still see the beautiful scenery, amazing athleticism and hear some of Warren’s famous quotes.
“Future Retro” features a cast of nearly two dozen of today’s most talented skiers and snowboarders that will take you to the slopes of Utah, Vermont, Montana and Alaska. International destinations include Switzerland, Iceland and Antarctica. For those of you missing the Birds of Prey World Cup Races at Beaver Creek this year, there is a segment from last year’s women’s World Cup race in Killington, VT.
Due to the pandemic, “Future Retro” is being premiered in locations across the U.S. over a three-week period via a streaming platform. Last Saturday, the East Coast got to view “Future Retro,” This Saturday, the Rocky Mountain Region can view it at 6 p.m. MST and next Saturday the West Coast will be able to see the film.
A ticket for the movie premiere costs $30 and that will accommodate one to four people on a single device. This ticket gives you and your three guests access to door prizes like ski gear, coupon codes and other swag. Have more than four who want access to the goods? Simply purchase more tickets to accommodate your viewers. You will have access to the event for up to 48 hours in case you can’t watch it Saturday or want to watch it again.
Olympian and long-time Warren Miller films narrator Jonny Moseley reprises his role in this year’s film and will kick it off with a virtual red carpet experience. Get your living room ready for the 71st annual Warren Miller movie with popcorn, “free” drinks from your own fridge and a comfortable couch. To purchase tickets or watch the movie trailer go to warrenmiller.com.
Cupcakes and Clay
Instead of Cupcakes and Canvas, Alpine Arts Center is hosting its Cupcakes and Clay event this Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious cupcakes while creating a lasting piece of functional art. This week, the class will be creating platters for serving or as a decorative piece to display.
During the class, you will be provided with all the art materials to make the platter and the instruction and assistance you’ll need throughout your artistic journey. Start with a ball of clay and shape it into the desired platter you envision. This is the family-friendly version of Cocktails and Canvas, but those over 21 are allowed to purchase beer, wine or champagne from the Alpine Art Center for $6 each.
Go to alpineartscenter.org to make a reservation for the class. Tickets are $35 and include the cupcakes and all the art supplies. You can do the class virtually for $25, which doesn’t include the art materials, but you can buy art class kits online as well.
You may have seen information about the Social Arts Programs that the Alpine Arts Center is doing for the town of Vail this season. These are discounted classes for $20 due to support from the town of Vail, Alpine Bank, Holy Cross Energy and Vail Daily. This Friday’s trail map painting class is already sold out but inquire about a virtual class. More information can be found at alpineartscenter.org.
Off season deals
There are a few restaurants doing deals this time of year. Take advantage of the savings and treat yourself to a nice meal before the ski season starts and support local restaurants:
Northside Coffee & Kitchen:
All entrées $20
Filet mignon, rib eye or prime rib $24
Lobster shrimp risotto $27
20% off all appetizers and sushi
20% off all whole fish and wine over $100
Available Sunday – Thursday
Must mention ad to receive the discount, dine-in only
Route 6 Cafe and Bar:
Three courses for $21
First course: soup, chili, house or Caesar salad
Second course: choice of any entrée
Third course: chocolate brownie or apple tort a la mode
Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Rouge Boutique has a new name and owner
After 10 years of bringing fun fashions to the valley, Rouge Boutique, a consignment store in the Riverwalk in Edwards, is getting a new owner and a new name.
Joselyn Brubaker and Michelle Anderson started Rouge in order to have an opportunity to get more involved with the community, build real relationships with the consignors and shoppers and experience the joys of entrepreneurship.
“It is bittersweet for us because we will miss seeing you all but our lives have changed so much in the last ten years that we are ready to make a full-time commitment to our families and our other business endeavors,” said Joselyn Brubaker in a post on Rouge’s Facebook page.
“It was time for a changing of the guard. That store will always hold a special place in our hearts and we thank everyone for all of the support over the years,” said Michelle Anderson.
“We want to congratulate Christina Zito on becoming the new owner of Rouge! Born and raised in the Vail Valley, Tina brings years of retail management experience along with a passion for running a boutique as unique as Rouge,” Brubaker said.
Zito had been thinking about a change for a while after being a ski instructor for Vail Resorts for many years and worked retail for the past five years at Beaver Creek Sports.
“I have actually been working a side gig with a friend selling clothes online, and at the Minturn Market and at pop-up parties. This seemed like a natural next step. I’m a bit of a thrift store and discount junkie myself!” Zito said.
Not a lot will change with the new ownership.
“Joselyn and Michelle did such a great job of getting this store going and have a great clientele, I’m just putting my little twist on a few of the things,” Zito said.
The most noticeable change will be a name change from Rouge to Remix.
“With the ownership change I thought it would be fun to have a new name and Rouge was a bit more feminine of a name and I want people to know that I have men’s clothing, too,” Zito said.
Zito is also incorporating a designer handbag resale collection and it working with a company to authenticate the gently used handbags so her clients can feel good about their purchase.
“By buying a gently used handbag, people can save a little money while still getting high-end fashion. The Prada bags have been flying off the shelves and the Chanel bags have been a hit,” Zito said.
Remix is currently collecting fall and winter clothing and Zito wants to focus on skiwear, too.
“Because of all my experience working on the mountain and at a ski shop I wanted to focus on some of the higher-end brands,” Zito said.
Another thing Zito has added is online shopping. “People can shop from home, we’ll ring it up and they can just pick it up at the store,” Zito said.
Zito is excited to be a part of the business community and offer a place for people to bring their clothing and accessories they don’t wear anymore to the store where it can find a new life with someone else.
“Resale stores are great for communities. Instead of the money going to national retail chains and corporations it goes back into the community. It also helps keep the clothing business sustainable. There is a ton of waste and we can help keep some of that down,” Zito said.
It’s time for the 51st annual Ski & Snowboard Vail Swap at the Dobson Ice Arena. The Swap almost didn’t happen this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail was worried about trying to pull it off with all the social distancing and public safety measures put into place. With all of its staff and volunteers, it seemed unlikely the nonprofit could host it. Then Ski Pro, one of the vendors that has worked the event for years, stepped up to the plate and offered its assistance in hosting the event.
Things will look different at the swap. First of all, only 100 people will be allowed at a time into Dobson Ice Arena and that includes those working the event. Tickets are free but you must register to select your time at Eventbrite. At press time, tickets were available for one-hour time slots on Friday between 7 and 8 p.m., Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Eventbrite ticket holders have priority entry, but tickets are not required.
The Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Swap is a great place to pick up new or gently used skis, snowboards, boots, bindings and all the accessories like helmets, poles and clothing for the upcoming ski season. All sales are final and all major credit cards are accepted. A portion of the proceeds will go to Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. To learn more about the event, go to vailskiswap.org. To learn more about Ski & Snowboard Club Vail visit skiclubvail.org.
Halloween arts and crafts
Get into the Halloween spirit by doing some arts and crafts around a Halloween theme with the help of Alpine Arts Center in Edwards. Alpine Arts Center will host pumpkin carving and skull pumpkin painting classes next Wednesday and Thursday. In the meantime, Alpine Arts Center has to-go art kits.
Grab some paint supplies to do some fun crafts or be amazed at what you’ll find in one of their mystery bags. To-go pottery painting kits are also available. Just pick out your mug or other pottery piece from shelves upon shelves of choices and pick out paint colors, follow the instructions and you’ve got a fun Halloween piece just in time for the holiday weekend.
You can also do less-traditional items like dream catchers and other fun projects. Stop by Alpine Arts Center for ideas as they are an art supply store as well as an instruction center.
It may not be Halloween-themed, but Cocktails and Clay is happening this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The class is about two hours in length and it is lead by an instructor from the Alpine Arts Center. Make a cool vase or mug with your own special flair. Do an in-person class or via Zoom. If doing Zoom indicate that when you register and you will be directed to a website where you can order the materials for the class beforehand.
Call and ask about drop-in sessions and open studio use during regular business hours Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday and Monday 12 to 5 p.m. For more information on upcoming classes and events, go to alpineartscenter.org.
Village Market is teaming up with Mountain Youth to host its annual Pumpkin Fest in Riverwalk on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wear your costume and kick off Halloween a little early by heading to the Riverwalk Backyard. Village Market has donated all of the pumpkins, which will be sold for $5 each. In addition to pumpkins, there will be live entertainment and fun family photo opportunities.
After the activities in the Riverwalk Backyard, head to the Riverwalk Theater for a free showing of Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas” at 1:30 p.m. Limited tickets are available, so get yours at Eventbrite before they run out. There is a possibility that the Riverwalk may be able to accept walk-ups on the day of the movie if registered attendees do not show up. Concessions will be available for purchase at the movie theater.
This event benefits Mountain Youth a nonprofit organization that works continuously and collaboratively to improve the lives of youth in the most powerful ways possible. For more information, go to mountainyouth.org.
Live music is still alive and well in various bars around town and outdoors. Here’s a list of places to go if you want to hear some live tunes up and down valley. Don’t see your favorite artist? Get them listed on our Vail Daily Entertainment Calendar at vaildaily.com/entertainment/calendar.
King’s Club Lounge at the Sonnenalp – Vail
Kevin Danzig’s Eclectic Mix – Friday – 7 to 10 p.m.
Ein Prosit – Avon
Al Maul – Friday – 7 to 10 p.m.
Loaded Joe’s – Avon
Karaoke with Sandman – Friday – 8 p.m.
Pop-Up Street Music – Lionshead
Brothers Keeper – Saturday – 2 to 7 p.m.
Bonfire Brewing – Eagle
Primal J and the Neanderthals – Saturday – 6 to 9 p.m.
Although we’ve had a mild fall with daytime temperatures in the 60s and few snowstorms, the colder weather is approaching and Catholic Charities wants to make sure the youth in our valley are prepared.
For 10 years, Catholic Charities has teamed up with Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigrant Alliance to help collect coats for the annual Fall Coat Drive. This year, Catholic Charities is specifically asking for coats for youth. Drop off your clean coats that are still in good condition to these locations between now and Oct. 30:
Vail – Vail Police Department, 75 S. Frontage Road
Avon- Avon Police Department, 0001 Lake Street
Edwards – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Substation in the Mountain Recreation Edwards Field House, 450 Miller Ranch Road
Sun & Ski Sports in Avon is also collecting coats. For 27 years, the specialty outdoor retailer has hosted its “Share the Warmth” campaign and has partnered up with Catholic Charities once again.
Bring in a new or used coat to the drop-off bin at the front of the Sun & Ski store between now and Nov. 3. Sun & Ski has extra incentives to drop and shop. Drop off a coat and if you make a purchase, you can earn Sun & Ski Cash to use on a new item. Take photos at certain areas in the store and post using #ShareYourWarmth and tag @sunandskisports and be entered in to win a Patagonia Better Sweater quarter-zip fleece.
Once all the coats are collected, families in need of coats for kids can come to the Youth Closet beginning Nov. 2 during regular operating hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, as well as Monday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Youth Closet is located at 439 Edwards Access Road in Edwards, behind Subway.
The swap must go on: Vail Ski & Snowboard Swap adjusts event for COVID-19 safety
COVID-19 restrictions have caused many nonprofits to cancel fundraisers this year or turn to virtual events, but for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, a 50-year-old event did not have to break tradition.
The annual Vail Ski Swap will still be held at Dobson Ice Arena this weekend, but it will look different than it has the past five decades.
The swap has historically been made possible through the support of approximately 15 vendors in addition to individual community members selling gear at the Swap.
“With COVID-19 indoor restrictions limited to 100 people or less at the time SSCV needed to make a decision as to whether or not to proceed with the swap there was very little, if any, room left for customers after taking into account the vendor staff and volunteers needed to run the event,” said Sharon Schmidt, director of advancement at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.
“In order to minimize the financial risk of proceeding with the swap, the club made the very difficult decision not to hold the Swap in 2020,” Schmidt said.
That news traveled to the different vendors who participate each year in the event and one vendor stepped up with a solution.
“One of SSCV’s longtime swap vendors, Ski Pro, offered to run the Swap this year as the single, third-party vendor, thus opening up significantly more space for customers with no risk to SSCV,” Schmidt said.
“We are grateful for Ski Pro’s support in keeping the Swap tradition going in 2020,” Schmidt said.
“It is important to Ski Pro because of the decades of support for the Swap that we have given and will continue to do so,” said Jack Kannapel, of Ski Pro. “The Swap is important to the community because it supports the activities of many snowsports enthusiasts locally and supports the club’s athletes,” Kannapel said.
“Proceeds from the swap help enable Ski & Snowboard Club Vail to be able to provide the level of quality commensurate to the needs and goals of all our athletes so they can become the best they can be by helping to support the operations of SSCV as well as financial aid in the current fiscal year,” Schmidt said.
The Swap will be different this year due to the many precautions taken to keep everyone as safe as possible. Only 100 people are allowed in the building at any time. Tickets are free but you need to go to Eventbrite to reserve a time. At press time, Thursday and Friday were sold out, but there were still times available on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
What won’t change is the variety of items that can be found and discounts on equipment you need for the winter snowsports season. Skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, poles, helmets, goggles and winter clothing will be up for grabs.
Annual Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Swap will look a little different this year
The 51st annual Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Swap has been around so long it’s almost a rite of passage as the valley gets ready to usher in winter. For decades, locals and those in the know have traveled to Vail in October to find deals on new and used gear for the upcoming season.
Skis, snowboards, bindings, boots and accessories are set up in sections throughout the spacious Dobson Ice Arena. Kids, teens and adults can all be outfitted in one location. A portion of the proceeds from the sale goes to help fund Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.
The Swap is historically made possible through the support of approximately 15 vendors in addition to individual community members selling gear at the Swap. Ski Pro, a long time vendor who has participated in the SSCV Swap for many years, will be putting on the event this year.
Ski Pro will still be accepting the following items between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday:
Please note: Ski Pro will not accept skis with bindings that are non-indemnified; these bindings must be removed from the skis in order to sell the skis.
No used clothing or accessories will be accepted for the swap. Ski Pro will have a variety of winter clothing and accessories like goggles and gloves on hand for purchase at the swap.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the swap won’t operate quite the same as it used to. While it will still be held at Dobson Ice Arena in Lionshead, the large venue will only be able to hold 100 people at a time, and that includes those who are organizing the event.
Tickets are free and will be available on the Eventbrite website, where you can choose the specific time frame when your ticket will get you into the swap. At press time, the event was already sold out on Thursday, but times are still available on Friday between 3 and 8 p.m., Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Eventbrite ticket holders have priority entry, but tickets are not required.
If you do drop off equipment in hopes of selling your items, please note that unsold equipment must be picked up at Dobson Ice Arena on Oct. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. and Ski Pro cannot keep equipment after 5 p.m. on Sunday. Do not assume your item has sold if you can’t find your item, check the status of your item here.
All sales are final at the swap and major credit cards are accepted. For more information about the swap, go to vailskiswap.com. For more information about Ski & Snowboard Club Vail visit skiclubvail.org.
Fill & Refill celebrates one year in Edwards
Throughout 2020, many businesses have had to reduce productivity, alter services or even shut down, but Fill & Refill is celebrating one year of being a brick-and-mortar shop in Edwards on Oct. 19. The eco-conscious and sustainability-focused store is celebrating by giving away prizes at its Edwards location and on social media.
Fill & Refill is dedicated to reducing single-use plastic by selling many household items that are unpackaged. Owner and founder Allison Burgund carries everything from shampoo and laundry detergent to lotions and soap. Simply bring in your own containers or purchase reusable containers at Fill & Refill and break the cycle of contributing to more plastic waste on Mother Earth.
“I believe local refill stores are a real and tangible solution for the plastic crisis we are navigating. Quite simply, the fewer plastic containers that are made, the fewer plastic pieces end up in the oceans. Local refill shops are the solution,” Burgund said.
Burgund first shared this idea with locals and visitors at the Vail Farmers Market & Art Show during the summer of 2019. In the fall of that year, she knew she wanted a year-round location for the winter and beyond. In August of 2020, she not only moved to a bigger location in Edwards, but she also bought a Sprinter van for deliveries and has partnered up with other businesses to offer a satellite location. Not too bad for orchestrating all of this during a pandemic.
“This year has been frenetic. Thank goodness I have a lot of energy because this year needed it. I also have a lot of passion and hope for what I do, too,” Burgund said.
Burgund’s passion for reducing one’s carbon footprint runs deep. She vets products constantly before she ever brings them to her customers.
“I spent two years researching the products you find in my store to see if they worked and to see how dedicated the manufacturer was about saving plastic. I also tried the products out on my own family to see how each product felt, to see if it smelled good and wondered if others would like it,” Burgund said.
To celebrate the short yet impressive history of this successful business, Burgund will be doing all sorts of giveaways in the store and on Fill & Refill’s social media pages. Learn how you can win a basket of sustainable goodies worth $200 including Stasher Bags, Unpaper Towels, refillable containers, local soaps and more. To enter, visit fillandrefill.com and sign up for emails. Fill & Refill will also have sales in the store the week of Oct. 19.