Gypsum commercial center has new name
GYPSUM — Owners of the Caddis Corner commercial building near Costco have unveiled a new name — The Hangar — and concept for the 13,500 square foot building.
According to a release, The Hangar is home to a new progressive marketplace that will include 3,000 square feet of open industrial space offering a selection of pop-up culinary and artisan vendors.
The idea, according to the release, is a forward thinking marketplace encouraging pop up purveyors with everything from freshly baked bread to craft cocktails, from street tacos to contemporary flower arrangements and local handmade arts and crafts.
“The idea came when I stumbled upon The Source and became inspired,” developer Amy Pates said. “The Source is a large old manufacturing plant in Denver off Brighton Boulevard that has been renovated into a new generation marketplace. The neighborhood is demographically diverse and surrounded by not much other than industrial uses — sounds a bit like the Airport Gateway Business Center. I got to thinking that I can bring this culturally diverse locale to Gypsum.”
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What Vendors will be at The Hangar marketplace? A selective interview process for restaurant and retail curators is now underway. There are two fast casual restaurant spaces and four to six pop-up artisan spaces available for lease.
The small retail pods are to encourage new start-up businesses. Start-ups can benefit from lower lease rates and lower tenant improvement costs while offering high visibility to a shared audience. Pates said she expects both start-up businesses and retailers from Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creek and Edwards.
Retailers can sign up for rotating pop-up shops where businesses come for a day or two and rotate with other businesses. The idea is similar to an indoor farmers/marketplace or an offshoot of airport kiosks and small shops. For travelers coming from the Eagle County Regional Airport and Vail Valley Jet Center, The Hangar can be their first or final stop on their vacations.
“Our location is ideal because it will encourage visitors to stop by before they head to Vail or before their flight takes off.” Pates said.
Margie Hamrick, of The Home Outpost, an established store at The Hangar, said she’s looking forward to the new marketplace.
“We want people to grab a cup of coffee or a snack and walk through our store to uncover their next treasure,” Hamrick said.
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