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Bumping and grinding in Minturn

Cliff Thompson

You can get some idea of Harry Gray’s personality from the name of his new venture in Minturn: Harry’s Bump and Grind Coffeehouse and Art Gallery.

It’s at 291 Main Street and Gray hopes to have it open early in December offering coffees, teas, breakfast and lunch items.

“We’ll have grab and go breakfast items – burritos, biscuits and gravy and baked goods, and lunch items like chili and soups” Gray says. “We’ll offer coffee from mellow to wild and wooly.”

Gray will be using coffee and tea from nearby Minturn-based Vail Mountain Coffee Roasters and expects to be open from 6:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“I didn’t think there was that much difference in getting fresh roasted beans,” Gray said. “We’ll get unbelievably fresh product. It makes a big difference when it’s right out of a roaster.”

The new shop will have about 1,200 square-feet of coffeehouse, capable of seating 32, and about 500 square feet of art gallery, which will feature the work of local and other artists.

For Gray, 47, a contractor since 1984, the new venture is a fork in his career. He’s built plenty of luxury homes all over Eagle County, but now the game has changed.

“Construction has pretty well petered out,” he said, and added only half tongue-in-cheek: “I’m grateful to have something to do.”

But he hasn’t completely dropped his tool belt in favor of an apron – he’s remodeling the space for his new venture himself.

A self-professed “liberal Republican” Gray, who is rarely without an opinion, said you’ll likely be able to listen to National Public Radio as you enjoy a cup, and that occasionally there may be some local musicians performing.

He sees opportunity in the numbers of people traveling to Minturn for its antique shops and galleries.

“Minturn has charm,” Gray says. “It’s becoming much more of a destination.”

The art gallery will feature the works of local artists Meg Bernet, Anna Houglan, Santa Fe artist and former local artist Laurie Deane as well as the wood work of Dr. Mark Blickenstaff and the sculptures of Red Cliff’s Don Wilson.

In summer there will be patio seating with log furniture supplied by Colorado Log and Timber of Bond.

Gray will likely be the first to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee at his new shop and also plans to spend plenty of time behind the counter. He and his family live in an apartment above the new shop.

Cliff Thompson can be reached at 970-949-0555 x450 or cthompson@vaildaily.com

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