Vail Valley Bizwatch: Eagle’s Alpine Arms has new home
Business name: Alpine Arms.
Location: 50 Chambers Ave., Unit G, Eagle, and online at http://www.AlpineArms.com.
Date opened: 2008.
Owner: Matt Solomon
Contact information: Email sales@AlpineArms.com.
What goods or services do you provide? Firearms, suppressors, ammunition, targets, gear, cleaning supplies and more.
What’s new or exciting at your place? We have moved and are re-opening in a new shop. Our Grand Re-Opening and Annual Customer Appreciation Sale is Saturday! Come visit at the Eagle Crossing Shopping Center, down from Pazzo’s and behind Dewey Dabbles. Sign up for the newsletter via the website (alpinearms.com) for announcements and information.
• What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? Alpine Arms is the first and only Class 3 firearms dealer in the high country. In addition to the new shop, there is a new selection of products that cannot be found anywhere near here — for great prices.
• What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? I try to be as transparent and direct as I can. One can expect me to be honest and to the point. Without our clients, we wouldn’t be here; I recognize and appreciate that.
• Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I graduated from Wofford College in 1996, then moved to Eagle County. For nearly a decade, I traveled six months a year for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. I also worked for the valley’s ambulance districts for nine years and at the Eagle County Coroner’s Office for four years.
I am still a paramedic, consulting for several private companies and contractors and assisting with the paramedic program at Colorado Mountain College.
• What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? Something happens almost daily, but I will recommend that you not use your medical marijuana card as a second form of ID. (Even after the articles in the Vail Daily, it still happens!) Of course, there was this time Scott Miller came into the shop …