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J. Cotter Gallery goes to New York Jewelry Week

From Wall Street in Vail to 5th Avenue in New York, the jewelry of Jim Cotter of J. Cotter Gallery will be featured at this year’s NYC Jewelry Week, Nov. 14-20 in New York City. Cotter has had the same gallery location Wall Street in Vail Village since 1970, but his clientele spans from around the world. With a reputation like that, Cotter gets a personal invite to be a part of this show.

“Both of the New York galleries where my dad’s earrings will be shown contacted him and the studio directly since both gallery owners have been long time fans of his work,” said Ramsey Cotter, Jim’s daughter, who runs the gallery in Vail.

Jim Cotter will be showcasing his Featherweight Earring Collection, which are earrings made out of expanded polystyrene, more commonly known as Styrofoam. The idea was created from seeing Styrofoam everywhere and people throwing it away. So Cotter found a creative use for it since expanded polystyrene degrades after 500 years. Cotter figured Styrofoam will stay here when we will be gone, so why not make art out of it?

Color plays a big role in the Featherweight Earring Collection from J. Cotter Gallery.
J. Cotter Gallery/Courtesy photo

Cotter is no stranger to using nontraditional materials in his jewelry. Steel, rocks, concrete and other unlikely materials have been turned into masterpieces under Cotter’s artistic eye. He is constantly experimenting with his materials. For example, in his signature Vail Heart piece, there are so many different materials used in creating the Vail Heart, each collection comes out unique.

The Featherweight Earrings, which are eye catching in bright colors and shapes, will be showcased at two in-person shows during NYC Jewelry Week. Upcycle, Recycle, Repurpose by Arron Faber will host artists on Nov. 14 and hope to show how going green with jewelry can still keep things stylish by challenging artists to reuse, recycle or upcycle everyday objects to fine jewelry. 

The Featherweight Earring Collection will be featured at NYC Jewelry Week in New York City Nov. 14-20.
J. Cotter Gallery/Courtesy photo

The earrings will also make an appearance at Heidi Lowe Earrings Galore, which is an annual juried exhibition with a rich and diverse array of earrings made by emerging and established studio jewelers. The pop-up exhibition will host an in-person reception on Nov. 15.

In addition to the in-person shows, the Featherweight Earrings will be featured in SNAG: Hope is Resiliency Jewelry Online Exhibition, which explores how the participants define the resiliency of hope through their creative practice. The online exhibition features 250 works by 148 artists, and the art will be on display until Jan. 15.

“I enjoy the idea of combining disparate materials to assert that jewelry doesn’t have to be precious metal or gemstones and can survive outside the common perceptions of what properly constitutes jewelry,” Jim Cotter said.

Jim Cotter has been creating jewelry using all types of materials since he set up shop on Bridge Street in 1970.
J. Cotter Gallery/Courtesy photo

To learn more about J. Cotter Gallery, visit JCotterGallery.com. To learn more about NYC Jewelry Week, go to NYCJewelryWeek.com.

Gear swaps, last Vail Farmers’ Market, honoring our heroes, a cozy dinner experience and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 10/7/22

Gear Swaps

Vail Ski and Snowboard Swap

A sure sign that the ski and snowboard season is approaching is the return of the Ski and Snowboard Swap. This marks the 53rd annual event that benefits Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, one of the valley’s oldest nonprofits. The money raised will help Ski and Snowboard Club Vail athletes pursue their dreams on the slopes.  

As in years past, the swap will take place Friday through Sunday at the Dobson Ice Arena in Lionshead, where they transform the entire place into virtually a sporting goods store. Rows and rows of equipment and racks of outerwear fill the floor. The equipment and accessories are divided into different sections so even if you just need to find new gloves, you can get in and get out easily.

The swap will feature gently used goods and brand new items that still have the tags on. Hard goods like skis, snowboards and boots will be available as well. Outerwear and accessories are plentiful. This is a great place to get that extra pair of socks or if you lost your goggles at the end of last season, get a pair at a discount.

Have your kids outgrown their gear and clothing from last year? This is a good place to pick up items for them, too. There is usually a good selection of winter boots, think fashionable Sorel boots for the ladies and après ski footwear for men. You can try them on for size and bring them home all while saving money.

The gear drop-off period ended Thursday, so you’ll have to wait until next year to put your gear, outerwear and accessories into the swap.

Schedule:

  • Friday – 3 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Keep in mind that the largest selection of sizes, colors, etc. will be when the doors open on Friday, but there will still be good finds by Sunday afternoon. The event is free to attend, but you need to reserve a ticket. To do so and to find out more information, visit VailSkiSwap.com.

Route 6 Café Gear Swap

While the Vail Ski and Snowboard Swap benefits the athletes at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, the Route 6 Café Gear Swap benefits the Eagle Valley Humane Society. Ollie Holdstock, the owner of Route 6 Café, hosted the event last year and decided it was a success, so it’s back for year number two.

You can still drop off gear on Friday and then event will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Gently used gear, tools, clothing and accessories are all welcome.

The Eagle Valley Humane society’s goal is to house homeless animals until they find their fur-ever home and they help facilitate the adoptions. Much of the proceeds from this swap will go toward vet bills while the animals are in the Eagle Valley Humane Society’s care.

Last Vail Farmers Market and Art Show

Noah Price of Mountain Bluebird Farm organizes produce on the first Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show. The weekly market wraps up its season on Sunday.
Chris Dillmann/Vail Daily

This Sunday marks the last Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show, the county’s largest market that runs 17 Sundays, starting on Father’s Day. The event has grown over its 22-year history, and now boasts 148 vendors. This late in the season you are sure to find late-harvest fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, tomatoes and squash. Don’t forget to stock up on some of the finds like local honey, soaps, meats, and specialty foods.

It’s called an art show as well as a farmers’ market. Check out the paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery,  handcrafted leather goods and more. Housewares and clothing can be found as well. There is literally something for all ages and tastes.

Speaking of tastes, the market is also a great place to grab a bite to eat. With 40 vendors featuring everything from Elote corn, Inner Light Juice, Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ, salmon wraps from Kaleb’s Katch and bratwurst to desserts, cookies, pastries and sweet roasted nuts, it’s the best place for your group to find something for everyone’s palates.  

The hours are from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Parking is free during the day and the Vail Village parking structure may fill up, but you can always park in the Lionshead parking structure and take the free in-town shuttle bus to the market venue. For more information and to learn more about the vendors, go to VailFarmersMarket.com.

Hygge Life Dinner

Hygge Life is bringing back its Hygge Dinners in its showroom this weekend featuring dishes from The Rose.
Hygge Life/Courtesy photo

Come and get cozy and learn more about Hygge, the Danish art of creating joy and coziness in everyday moments, no matter the time of day or season, at the Hygge Dinner this weekend. The Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) Life store in Eagle-Vail will host this intimate event on Sunday evening (Saturday night’s dinner has already sold out) and they are happy to bring these dinners back after a break during COVID-19.

Alexandra Gove and Koen van Renswoude are the dynamic duo behind Hygge Life, starting out at the Vail Famers’ Market and Art Show before adding a brick-and-mortar space for people to shop and learn about hygge year-round.

Sunday’s dinner will include a five-course meal featuring farm-to-table dishes with locally sourced ingredients by The Rose. Cocktails and wine have been specifically paired to go with each course. The décor will follow the hygge theme: think soft candlelight, cozy blankets or sheepskin on the chairs, cute menus printed up so you can anticipate the next course and there will be plenty of flowers and greens from Riverbee Floral to transform the Hygge Life showroom into a fabulous setting.

In addition to the welcoming ambiance there will be storytelling, which is so very hygge, to share in the intimate experience of moments. To round out the look and feel of the evening, enjoy live music while meeting friends old and new.

In the past, Hygge Life also has hosted dinners at The Rose in Edwards, the Bread Bar in Silver Plume, the Milston Well Farm in Boulder County and the Church House in Denver. Tickets for the event are $225 and can be purchased through their Facebook Events page.

A Night of Excellence

The area Rotary Clubs and Starting Hearts are once again hosting A Night of Excellence, which is an event that thanks and shines a light on those who serve. This 9th annual event will take place at the scenic 4Eagle Ranch just a few miles off I-70 in Wolcott. Come out and enjoy a barbecue dinner, live entertainment, a silent auction and an awards ceremony that will celebrate our emergency responders and safety organizations.

The event was formerly known as the Eagle County Public Safety Awards. The event is also a fundraiser for the Eagle County Emergency Responders Fund and Starting Hearts. The Eagle County Emergency Responders Fund helps responders during times of crisis by assisting with basic needs and ensures community support to those who sacrifice so much for their communities. Starting Hearts is dedicated to saving the lives of sudden cardiac arrest victims. Starting hearts provides education and distribution of defibrillators in public locations and aims to provide early care when needed in an emergency situation.

Rotary International fits in because of its goals of providing service to others through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.

Tickets are $45 and that includes the barbecue dinner, the live entertainment and a free drawing ticket. The event runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.  For more information, contact Starting Hearts at info@StartingHearts.com.

Cupcakes and Canvas

The Alpine Arts Center is hosting Cupcakes and Canvas this Sunday where you can learn how to paint a scarecrow.
Alpine Arts Center/Courtesy photo

The Alpine Arts Center lets kids get messy and eat their cake, too – a cupcake that is. Cupcakes and Canvas (the child’s version of the adult orientate Cocktails and Canvas) welcomes kids to the art tables at the Alpine Arts Center in Riverwalk in Edwards for some time away from their screens and devices to get their creative juices flowing. This alternates with Cupcakes and Clay, which is equally fun to do, so check the events calendar at Alpine Arts Center’s website for the next offering.

This weekend’s theme will be scarecrow painting and no prior painting experience is necessary. The art professionals at Alpine Arts Center will take participants through a step-by-step process. From a blank canvas to a finished product, it is fun to see the image unfold and see how different painters interpret the subject matter.

The event starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 4:30 p.m. All materials and cupcakes are provided. Parents, if you would like a cocktail while you join your child in painting on canvas, beer or wine is available for purchase. To sign up, go to AlpineArtsCenter.org.

‘The Par D Roundup’ showcases new works by Carrie Fell

Even though we haven’t seen her in a while in person, Carrie Fell’s work can be seen all over the Vail Valley. Denver-based Fell will be back this weekend revealing a new book and new art.

The pandemic allowed Fell to look back on her long career, much of which has been spent in Vail Valley galleries, and put together a book that showcased some of her works and writings. The result was a 560-page book that weighs 10 pounds and is two inches thick and costs $350. It’s titled “The Art of Carrie Fell — A Retrospective Review: 1994-2020.”

“Without that pause during COVID, I would have never had found the time to do this, and it was such a daunting task,” Fell said.

During the pandemic, Fell worked on her new book that reflects on her career that spans over 25 years.
Carrie Fell Gallery/Courtesy photo

To tackle the project, she enlisted the help of Heather Clancy, who has known Fell since 2005, and another friend, Dana Giddens, who helped Fell organize the book. Fell’s niece, Caylynn Abbott, helped her pour over 4,000 images of works Fell had done from the mid-’90s until present day.

“It’s a piece of art for your table, but I don’t want it to collect dust, this is something you should open often and read with a glass of wine or cup of coffee,” Fell said.

Fell will be doing a reading and book signing at the Bookworm of Edwards on Saturday at noon.

In addition to the author event, Fell will be featured at Galerie Züger in Solaris in Vail Village on Friday and Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.

“What I’m bringing to the art show is a true quintessential Carrie Fell show full of the favorites with lots of color and lots of fun,” Fell said.

Carrie Fell will showcase one of her originals, “Midori Nights”, at Galerie Züger this weekend.
Carrie Fell Gallery/Courtesy Photo

The art show is called “The Par D Roundup,” a play on the word “party” and coming back together again.

“The galleries in Vail have supported me throughout my whole career and I’m proud to be one of their sought after artists and I’m bringing a show that puts my stamp on that,” Fell said.

Fell will also have her new book for sale at Galerie Züger.

“Even though the book came out in the winter of 2020, it feels like it is still so new because it hasn’t had much play due to us not being able to have many gatherings or shows,” Fell said. “But coming in person is great, I get to see people’s reactions and this allows people to come see how beautiful it is. It is a substantial collection of art and something you can commit to as a collector, the book is a piece of art in itself.”

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. 

All sales are final and major credit cards are accepted. For more information, go to vailskiswap.com. For more information about Ski & Snowboard Club Vail visit skiclubvail.org.

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:

  • Skis
  • Ski bindings
  • Ski boots
  • Snowboards
  • Snowboard bindings
  • Snowboard boots

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.

The Vintage Contessa & Times Past host trunk show

Need a little retail therapy? View and purchase the authentic collections The Vintage Contessa and Times Past will be showcasing at a trunk show at Luca Bruno Due in Vail on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes handbags and accessories along with Rolex watches will be on display.

Husband and wife team, Rob and Donae Cangelosi Chramosta make up The Vintage Contessa and Times Past. Rob started collecting coins at age 5 and selling watches at age 15 and Donae has been a self-proclaimed “handbag addict” since her father brought her back a Gucci purse from Italy when she was 13 years old. Their passion goes beyond fashionable accessories. They truly search the globe to find authentic, timeless luxury pieces that become an heirloom that you can pass down from generation to generation.

Why buy pre-owned? “In a world filled with disposable fashion, choosing a piece that creates a lower carbon footprint and has a lasting value gives you a feeling of success,” Donae said. But there is also something about the story behind a pre-owned piece and the lasting craftsmanship that goes into making these timeless luxury goods. “It’s the intrigue of ‘where did this bag travel before?’ ‘Which party was it at?’ or ‘Who was there?’ that creates the allure of owning a statement piece that has a history behind it,” Donae said. 

One question the Chramostas get asked a lot is “How do you know it’s real?”

“We own everything in our inventory and therefore make more of a financial commitment to it,” Donae said. “When you’re around the real product all the time, you can tell the difference between if it is real or fake. The stitching, stamping, smell, style, watch dials and bezels, the movement of the second hand, you’ve touched them so many times, you are intimately familiar with each product.” The Chramostas unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of every piece they purchase and sell.

Like many other businesses, COVID-19 has affected this unique jewelry box of a boutique, but Donae and Rob, who hail from Houston but consider Vail their home away from home, took advantage of this time not on the road going to trade shows and created “Living the Authentic Life” podcast. This weekly show covers interesting and stylish personalities sharing authentic journeys of commitment, connection and authenticity. This week their podcast will be live from the Luca Bruno Due store at 10 a.m. with yours truly. I’ll be talking up Vail’s unique sense of style and some of the history behind this town and its authentic, pioneering spirit.

The Vintage Contessa and Times Past has paired up with the Vail Daily to do an Instagram giveaway. One lucky follower will win one vintage Louis Vuitton duffle bag valued at approximately $1000 from Vintage Contessa and Times Past.

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: Grey Salt

Name of business: Grey Salt

Physical address: 141 East Meadow Drive, Suite #205 Vail, CO 81657 (2nd level of Solaris)

Phone number: 970-763-5351

Email: info@greysaltvail.com

Website: www.greysaltvail.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

Men’s clothing and accessories, and birthday and Father’s Day gift items! 

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

We offer all of our inventory online and we are doing personal shopping appointments outside of our regular hours. We are now open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Towards the end of June, we will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. We also offer Salt Box, a custom-styled box service that can be shipped or delivered right to your door. 

How can the community support you?

Please support us by shopping locally at Grey Salt for summer styles and Father’s Day gifting! We are currently running a gift card promotion- we give a gift card back to you based on how much you spend! Use it anytime in 2020.

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

Follow us on Instagram: @greysaltvail.com or sign up for our newsletter by going to our website.

What’s the response been?

Our customers are thrilled we are open again! And we love seeing them back in the store. They missed Grey Salt! Everyone seems excited about shopping our amazing new men’s clothing brands in the safe context of a small local boutique.

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

We are currently open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Starting in late June we will expand hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. We will also be at the Vail Farmers Market this summer for the first time ever, right outside Solaris. We are closely following Eagle County Public Health orders and town of Vail guidelines to keep everyone safe during this time. We also validate one hour of free parking at Solaris.

Open for Business: Avalon Clothing Company

Name of business: Avalon Clothing Company

Physical address: Vail: 675 Lionshead Place, Vail CO 91657, Beaver Creek: 61 Avondale Lane C-2, Beaver Creek, CO 81620

Phone number: Vail 970-476-4112, Beaver Creek 970-845-9700

Email: info@avalonclothingcompany.com

 Website: www.avalonclothingcompany.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We have fresh spring collections available for both men and women in the store and online. Father’s Day is right around the corner and we have tons of great gift ideas ranging from colognes and handmade bracelets to shirts for every occasion. We also offer gift cards and now through June 21, we have a special deal for Father’s Day. We are offering a $500 gift card discounted to a purchase price of $450. Call us to purchase one now!

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

We have added numerous shopping options, including no obligation shop at home gift baskets, free online delivery, curbside pickup, and contact-free local delivery to your doorstep. We are offering returns on all merchandise within our return window so that customers have the ease of trying on at home and deciding what they like. In addition to the above, we are happy to offer private shopping appointments. All you need to do is call or email us. Both our Vail and Beaver Creek locations are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and avalonclothingcompany.com is available 24/7. 

We offer a safe shopping environment and strictly follow all state and county guidelines. If you don’t have a mask to wear, we will provide you one for free. 

How can the community support you?

The community can help support us by shopping online, in store, and spreading the word about Avalon being open for business. In addition to the above we are offering discounted gift cards that do not expire for 12 months and can be used online or in store! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be eligible to win a $500 gift card at the end of each month. 

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

The best way to stay up to date with Avalon is to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and to subscribe to our website.

What has the response been?

The response has been extremely positive from customers and employees. Everyone is ready to be out, enjoying our beautiful valley. Locals have started trickling in and shopping now that we are open full time. As we have been reaching out to our clients during the lockdown, we have had unbelievable support as we have expanded our website and elevated our presence on social media. We expect many of our regular clients to be visiting the valley soon. We are grateful for everyone who has shown us such tremendous support.

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

We are now open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through the summer and will continue to offer the Vail Valley’s best shopping experience while keeping our customers and staff safe. We expect Facebook and Instagram to be an extra tool to stay connected with our clients near and far as we experience the new normal together.   

Open for Business: Pepi Sports

Name of business: Pepi Sports

Physical address: 231 Bridge St. Vail, CO 81657 

Phone number: 970-476-5202

Email: pepisports@pepisports.comskishop@pepisports.com

What goods and services are you offering at this time? 

Pepi Sports is open downstairs offering all 2019-20 skis marked down 50%, as well as 40% off all ski boots, goggles and helmets. We have temporarily moved clothing, jewelry and furniture displays into Pepi’s Bar while our main showroom is renovated. In the bar, you can find 50-70% off all men’s and ladies’ skiwear. Bikes and e-bikes are available for half-day and full-day rentals. We are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

We are taking advantage of the bar location to offer a more open-air shopping experience in addition to social distancing practices. We also use a spray hand sanitizer to ensure bikes and other rental equipment is clean after each use.

How can the community support you?

We are lucky to have an amazing community around us that can still call the store for personal shopping and questions on equipment and rentals. Our website is up to date with the latest discounts and super deals for at-home shopping. Pepi Sports Upstairs Ladies Boutique will be available for shopping on June 1.

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

Visit Pepisports.com, find us on Instagram or call the shop at 970-476-5202. The ski shop can be reached at 970-576-5206.

What’s the response been?

Everyone has been thrilled that we have been able to assist them with their Alpine touring gear as they try to get their last turns in before the snow melts.

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

As things evolve, we will continue to evolve and adjust to the times so we can continue to serve the valley with the same great service they have become accustomed to over the last 50 years. As always, our goal is to keep the customers safe and healthy in both their adventures and beyond.