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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
  • Specialty entrées:
  • Filet mignon, rib eye or prime rib $24
  • Lobster shrimp risotto $27
  • Thenorthsidekitchen.com

Hooked:

  • 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
  • Hookedbc.com

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
  • Routesixcafe.com

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.

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. 

Hikes and bike rides for charity, ski movie premiers, live music, a local artisan’s market and more: Tricia’s Weekend picks 9/18/20

Hikes and races for charity

This weekend offers a few ways to get your heart pumping while also funding local charities. The 12th annual Hike, Wine and Dine will be a virtual event this Saturday and Sunday. Instead of a large group gathering on the trails of Beaver Creek, trekkers will be asked to share where they are and virtually participate to raise funds for Jack’s Place, the cancer caring house adjacent to the Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards.

To take part, simply register at hikewinedine.com where you will get access to the special Strava, Facebook and Instagram groups where you can share your hike stats and photos. There will be some restaurant gift certificates given out for the hiker who posts the longest hike or the most elevation gain. Enter the prize raffle by posting a selfie on the Hike, Wine and Dine Facebook event page with a yellow Hike, Wine & Dine ribbon.

The money raised will help Jack’s Place, which provides affordable lodging for cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at Shaw Cancer Center. This year, in honor of Dr. Jack Eck’s retirement, a portion of the funds raised will go towards the initiative to keep Jack’s Place open on weekends over the winter season.

Down in Eagle, the Mountain Rats race returns with a weekend full of races for trail runners and mountain bikers. The half marathon, marathon and 55k races on Saturday are sold out, but spots are still available for the 5k run and 50k mountain bike race on Sunday. The 5k run will be on the paths around Eagle Ranch.

The 50k mountain bike race will showcase some of Eagle’s challenging mountain bike trails and will be a true test of the training you’ve been doing all summer long. Proceeds from the 50k bike race will benefit The Cycle Effect, a local non-profit with the mission to empower girls through mountain biking.

There are still a few spots left for the family-friendly Amazing Race, which is a 5-mile long team treasure hunt. There will be 10 stops along the paths of Eagle Ranch and you can only use human power (biking, walking, running) to find each clue before going to the next stop. Text a team photo to the Amazing Race Headquarters before solving the next clue and moving to the next stop. To register for any of these races, go to mountainrats.com.

Free live music

There is a vast array of live music this weekend. Some of these performances are outdoors, so keep in mind that the cooler days and nights mean you’ll need to dress appropriately for outdoor seating. It’s a perfect excuse to get out those cute leather boots, scarves and fleece jackets or buy something to keep you cozy at the local shops. 

Friday:

Pop-Up show with Brother’s Keeper – Lionshead – 2 to 7 p.m.

Kevin Danzig’s eclectic mix – King’s Club Lounge, Sonnenalp – 7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday:

Brother’s Keeper – Children’s Fountain in Vail – 2 to 7 p.m.

Zusamenn – Featuring the sounds of Spinphony – Beaver Creek Plaza – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Special Sunset LIVE! with Frisco Funk Collective and very special guests – Avon Performance Pavilion (west side) – 5 to 8 p.m.

Rewind 80s cover band – outdoors under the Riverwalk Theater marquee – 6 to 9 p.m.

Kevin Danzig’s eclectic mix – King’s Club Lounge, Sonnenalp – 7 to 10 p.m.

Local Designer Market

The valley is full of creative types and the Local Designer Market plans to showcase this talented bunch at the Riverwalk Amphitheater in Edwards on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Come shop locally designed goods like clothing for the outdoors, athleisure or streetwear as well as jewelry and art. Vendors include Moxy Evolution, Algorhythm Designs, Theo Rhodius Art, Ski Girl, Jennie Fancher Designs, Skye Design, Mountain Girl Creations, Mountain Wave Malas, Artspace Workshop, Rocky Mountain Resin and Kali Mala Jewelry Design.

There will be live music on the Riverwalk Amphitheater stage with Corrsound & Company playing from 12 to 3 p.m. and The Evolution from 3 to 6 p.m.        

“I created this event to show my support for all of our local designers, musicians and artists of all genres and creative entrepreneurs in the Vail Valley,” said event organizer Missy Erickson of Moxy Evolution. “I envision the Vail Valley becoming a Colorado certified creative district.”

Ski movie premiere

Vail’s opening day for the 2020-2021 snow sports season is about two months away and Matchstick Productions wants you to get psyched for winter with its latest film “Huck Yeah.”

“Huck Yeah” takes athletes to the high peaks of Alaska, British Columbia, Switzerland, Japan and iconic locations throughout the U.S. View the trailer here.  

Catch this action-packed flick at the Riverwalk Theater in Edwards on Friday night at 7 p.m. or at the Blue Starlite Drive-In in Minturn on Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. The Riverwalk Theater will be doing food and drink specials (don’t forget about Smokin’ J’s BBQ and an expanded concessions area that includes alcoholic beverages) before and during the show.

“Hosting ski movies in the fall before ski season is what the Riverwalk is all about. It’s about providing the opportunity to get together and share the stoke for the upcoming winter season with friends and your community,” said Grant Smith, owner of the Riverwalk Theater.

The Blue Starlite Drive-In lets you watch “Huck Yeah” from the comfort of your own vehicle at its location just south of the town of Minturn. If you purchase concessions when you buy your tickets online, your concessions will be given to you as you drive into the venue. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8:15 p.m. show.

For ticket info and information on COVID-19 restrictions go to riverwalktheater.com or bluestarlitedrivein.com.

Oktoberfest at Antlers at Vail

Normally, the Vail Valley hosts several weekends of oompah fun with Oktoberfest celebrations spanning from Vail Village to Gypsum. This year, COVID-19 cramped the style of the usual festivals, but there is one Oktoberfest celebration that is happening this weekend.

The Antlers at Vail is throwing an Oktoberfest party for its hotel guests. This exclusive offering features lodging, vouchers to Oktoberfest, music by Vail resident and German native Helmut Fricker, Bavarian fare, hotel amenities like the hot tub, pool and more. Beer and wine will be available for purchase during the event.

This socially distanced Oktoberfest celebration will be limited to guests of the Antlers at Vail. The package starts from $295 plus tax per night for an Antlers studio suite and includes two Oktoberfest event vouchers, valued at $40 each. Locals, listen up, you could do a staycation this weekend right in Vail. A special discount is available to Eagle County residents with rates starting at only $199 plus tax per night. Just show your Eagle County ID at check-in. That rate also includes the two $40 vouchers and you can buy additional vouchers if necessary.

The Antlers at Vail Oktoberfest package requires a two-night minimum stay and is subject to availability. Keep in mind, the Antlers charges no resort fees. For more information, go to antlersvail.com.

Fill and Refill moves into bigger space, adds pop-up Sprinter van to help the Vail Valley live greener

Deciding to expand your business is always nerve-wracking, but deciding to expand during a pandemic can be even more so. Allison Burgund decided to grow her relatively new business, Fill & Refill, this summer and isn’t looking back.

“I was very scared to make the move and wanted to grow gradually because I didn’t know how this year was going to go,” Burgund said. “But, I also knew that there was a need for this in our valley and I’ve had a great response from customers.”

The need Burgund is talking about is for a refill store, which allows you to bring in your own containers and refill them with household items like soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, lotion and more.

Fill & Refill is dedicated to reducing single-use plastic by selling lots of items that are unpackaged. Allison vets products for bath, body and home that can be sold in bulk, are eco-conscious and sustainable. “I’ve spent a lot of time testing these products out on my family,” Burgund said.

Burgund was a graphic designer in her previous career, but a trip to the recycling center with her daughter’s class prompted her to start her own business. “I saw all the recycling and it was just sad. I thought to myself that there’s got to be a better way,” Burgund said. Directly after that, she collected all of her household’s plastic trash for a month. “I wanted to see how my family was contributing to this and it turns out we were a pretty big contributor,” Burgund said. “You don’t know what you don’t know.”

Burgund has been educating the public since she started setting up a booth at last summer’s Vail Market and Art Show and opened up shop a few doors down from the current location in the Edwards Commercial Park last fall. Burgund soon found that others wanted to ditch the disposables and the business grew. Fill & Refill just moved into bigger digs on August 17.  

In addition to the new location in Edwards, Fill & Refill has a satellite location inside the new Knapp Harvest store in Eagle Ranch. Outside the shop, there is a new Sprinter van that will be used for deliveries up and down the valley.

Businesses have also sought out this sustainable concept. Goat Training, Alpine Arts Center, The Slifer House and Drunken Goat restaurant sport Fill & Refill-logoed bottles filled with soap, lotion and hand sanitizer.

“I think I have the happiest customers of any store and people come in and say thanks for what we are doing here, it’s the best!” Burgund said.

Although Burgund loved her job as a graphic designer, she was led to do something else. “It just came time for me to take that leap and connect more with the community,” Burgund said. “I’ve made a couple of leaps in my lifetime and they are terrifying every time, but they are also greatly fulfilling.”

To learn more, visit fillandrefill.com or follow along on social media at @fillandrefillvail.

Live music, farmers markets, virtual biking events and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 7/24/20

Vail Jazz in the Park

COVID-19 times are bringing some creative ideas to the musical landscape. This summer, Vail Jazz’s schedule has been reduced quite a bit but they are still keeping people moving to the smooth jazz sounds at the “lower bench” at Ford Park. This large, flat, grassy area between Gore Creek and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and just west of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater provides a great backdrop and allows for social distancing while enjoying the Vail Jazz line up.  

The lawn is sectioned off into pods where you and your group can sit and enjoy a performance on Friday nights through Sept. 4. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic items – chairs (legs must be no more than four inches), blankets, snacks, beverages, and alcohol is allowed. There will be no food or beverage vendors on-site, so let’s see how creative those picnic spreads can be! 

For all July performances, the venue will open at 5 p.m. and music is from 6-7:30 p.m. For August and September performances, the venue opens at 4 p.m., music is from 5-6:30 p.m.

Vail Jazz is bringing in a variety of artists for these free shows, but you do need advanced reservations. Vail Jazz will also stream the shows live from their Facebook page. For more information and the line up of musicians, visit vailjazz.org.

Edwards Corner Farmers Market

We are pleased to have a few farmers markets this year, one being held on Saturday mornings is the Edwards Corner Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 19. Each week, the Edwards Corner Farmers Market features locally grown fresh produce, meats and eggs along with a local massage therapist, stylish offerings from Wild Heart Clothing, Eye Pieces of Vail and more.

Grab breakfast and a coffee or a golden root ginger turmeric latte from Hovey & Harrison, which is located in the middle of the venue and become inspired by the goods being sold to make a delicious meal over the weekend.

The Edwards Corner Farmers Market does require market-goers to comply with COVID-19 restrictions and wear a mask, stay six-feet apart, shop in as small of groups as possible and follow the one-way traffic through the market.

Support local and regional farmers and businesses and get your shopping done for the week in the open-air setting of the Edwards Corner parking lot, at the corner of Highway 6 and Edwards Village Blvd. For more information, go to edwardscornerfarmersmarket.com.

GoPro Mountain Games Elements

The GoPro Mountain Games did not go on as planned this summer due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the Vail Valley Foundation, the nonprofit organization that puts this event on each summer, has set up some cool and socially-distant ways for you to still stay active and feel like you are a part of something bigger. The GoPro Mountain Games Elements is a series of events that showcase some of the sports the GoPro Games embraces. On Saturday, mountain bike enthusiasts can take part in the first virtual ride.

All levels of bikers are able to participate in this virtual ride on your favorite trail with family and friends. Do the classic XC Mountain Bike route or keep it casual with a fun ride around your neighborhood trails.

Free event registration (with a suggested donation). Riders will have until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 to complete their ride and upload their activity tracker (Strava, Garmin, FitBit, etc.) link to the Mountain Games Registration system and/or share their ride on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #MTNGamesElements, if they would like to receive $5 off their 2021 event registration.

You can also participate in the Bike Ride and a Movie portion of this, which is a $10 event registration fee that includes one ticket to “Teton Gravity Research: Accomplice,” showing at The Amp in Vail on Saturday evening and a pair of Smartwool socks. Socks are only redeemable in-person at The Amp the night of the movie. Please note, registration for the bike and movie category closes Friday, July 24 at 6 p.m. For more information, check out mountaingames.com.

SunsetLIVE! In Avon

Close down the weekend with a little live music on Nottingham Lake in Avon. SunsetLIVE! Is a weekly offering that showcases local musical acts every Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. until Sept. 6 on the back of the Avon Performance Pavilion, barring any new public health orders that may place new restrictions on holding events.

“SunsetLIVE! was designed to provide ambient entertainment to those enjoying Nottingham Lake this summer,” said Danita Dempsey, Culture, Arts & Special Events Manager for the town of Avon. “Who and a doesn’t want to enjoy music and a sunset from a paddleboard?”

Listen to the live music from the lake or from the shore, grab a fishing pole, have a picnic or just enjoy the sunset. Bring your own chairs are seating is limited.

The town of Avon did have to cancel the AvonLIVE! and Special Edition AvonLIVE! concerts due in part to multiple groups of 175 people no longer being allowed per the public health orders. Visit avon.org to see the musical line up for the next several Sundays.

Open for Business: Eye Pieces of Vail

Name of Business: Eye Pieces of Vail

Locations: Stores in Vail, Lionshead, Beaver Creek, Edwards and Snowmass

Email: CustomerService@EyePiecesofVail.com

Website: eyepiecesofvail.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

At Eye Pieces, we provide a world-class selection of sunglasses, glasses, and goggles all available in prescription. We also provide eye exams, telehealth eye exams, contact lenses, cleanings and repairs for eyewear.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times? 

The team at Eye Pieces can now bring the shopping experience to you! From the comfort of your home, our opticians can come to you with the latest styles in eyewear for the ultimate private shopping experience. In our stores, our staff is working diligently to sanitize our showrooms, medical equipment and all product. We are asking customers to also wear facemasks while in the store and practice social distancing.

How can the community support you?

Gift cards are a great option for customers that can’t visit us right now. We also love Google reviews.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Customers and the community can keep up to date with our offerings through Instagram (@eyepieces1984), Facebook (Eye Pieces of Vail and Snowmass) and our Website (EyePiecesofVail.com)

What’s the response been?

We have gotten a great response from the public and customers who are eager to get essential services and products for all their vision needs. We are so grateful for the support from all of our amazing customers, neighbors and community during this time.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? 

We are so excited to have all six of our stores back open and to have our wonderful team of opticians back. Moving forward, we want our customers to know that we are here for them in-store seven days a week and able to accommodate them through private appointments if needed.

Open for Business: Edwards Corner Farmers Market

Name of business: Edwards Corner Farmers Market

Physical address: 56 Edwards Village Blvd. Edwards, CO 81632

Phone number: 970-926-6226

Email: office@remonov.com

Website: edwardscornerfarmersmarket.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time?

We are happy to have the Edwards Corner Farmers Market running again this summer. We’ll have 15 vendors every Saturday through Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will be featuring locally grown fresh produce, meats and eggs along with a local massage therapist, tamale vendor and more.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

The Edwards Corner Farmers Market will be adhering to both State of Colorado and Eagle County COVID-19 regulations including mandatory face masks and one-way traffic flow.

How can the community support you?

Support our local vendors by attending this year.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

You can keep up to date by visiting us at https://www.edwardscornerfarmersmarket.com/

What’s the response been?

Our local Eagle Valley community is excited for the Edwards Farmers Market to return this year after a long COVID-19 pause which obviously has created a new normal that we will have to live with for a while.

Open for Business: Bookworm of Edwards

Name of business: Bookworm of Edwards

Physical address: 295 Main Street C101 Edwards, CO 81632

Phone number: 970-926-7323

Email: thebookwormofedwards@gmail.com

Website: www.bookwormofedwards.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

The Bookworm is a full-service independent bookstore offering titles for adults and children, including books in Spanish. We carry a wide selection of gifts and stationery. Dine on our patio or carry out from our cafe! We have the following by either going to our website or giving us a call: virtual events and book clubs for adults, Snack Time Story Time every Wednesday at 3:30 with children’s authors and illustrators, gift cards, book subscriptions, soup meal service, curbside pick up and home delivery.   

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times? 

We have created a gift page for our website as well as groceries and curbside pick up. We are doing virtual events and upping our soup subscription orders. We also have book recommendations on our social media accounts.

How can the community support you?

Gift cards are a great option. We also have book subscription and soup subscription services that make great gifts. Buy our gifts online. Keep buying books from indie bookstores!

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Our website is the best way to get up to date information on what books are in stock. It is also how you should place orders, not through social media platforms. Staff picks are on our website and our social media platforms are great for keeping up with video and written book reviews and recommendations and seeing the newly added gifts that link to our website.

What’s the response been?

We have had an amazing response from our customers. Soup subscriptions are up and people are buying them to give to front line/essential workers. We also raised over $65,000 to keep the store open through our GoFundMe page. We are so grateful for all the love our customers and community have shown us. 

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? 

The Bookworm is still a full-service independent bookstore with a wide selection of gifts and stationery. Dine on our patio or carry out from our cafe in Riverwalk in Edwards.

Open for Business: Ptarmigan Sports

Name of business: Ptarmigan Sports

Physical address: 137 Main Street C-104 Edwards, CO 81632

Phone number: 970-926-8144

Email: info@ptarmigansports.com

Website: www.ptarmigansports.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time?

As the Vail Valley’s premier outdoor store we are offering a wide range of products from outdoor suppliers and accessories to casual clothing and activewear. We also have a great selection of casual and outdoor footwear to help with any of your hiking, walking, running or leisure needs. Come in to check out our newly remodeled store.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

Ptarmigan Sports has adhered to the Eagle County Public Health order in opening to the public. We are opening our doors, however, we are maintaining social distancing protocol, requiring sanitation upon entry and exit, quarantining apparel and footwear that has been tried on, and requiring masks for all employees when customers are present.

All of these items are in compliance with Phase 2 of the Eagle County Public Health code guide to reopening, a guide we are happy to strictly adhere to. Should any of our customers not want to come in, we are offering curbside pick-up. All you need to do is email or call us during our regular operating hours.

How can the community support you?

Come on in and check out the newly remodeled store, think of us for any of your outdoor wants or needs, and of course, we are always open for gift cards. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone but being outside is a great way to exercise and practice social distancing so if you need anything at all please do not hesitate to reach out. 

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

What’s the response been?

So far so good! We have had a warm welcome back into the retail world from all of the Vail Valley locals! It’s been great to see everyone who has come in and we have loved all of the support from our curbside pick-up supporters as well! 

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?

As the new normal continues to evolve we will strictly adhere to the Eagle County Public Health order with regard to protocol and procedures. The Colorado Public Health Organization will also play a large role in giving local retailers direction as we move forward. As for now, the new normal means a heavy dependence on cleanliness and sanitation for us. We will focus on social distancing, wearing masks, constantly cleaning common areas, staff areas, product and our own hands.