Vail Valley Bizwatch: The Uptown Store, Minturn
December 20, 2010
Location: 151 Main Street Minturn.
Date opened: December 4.
Owner: Cathy Sullivan.
Phone: 970-376-1270 or 970-827-4199.
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What goods or services do you provide? An eclectic collection of furniture, home goods, gifts, and accessories at affordable prices.
What’s new or exciting at your place? We recently acquired the store and have kept the general theme as it was before, with consignment goods and furniture, but we have also added new lines of gifts and accessories.
The Natural Life line offers fun, vibrant gifts for children as well as adults. Emilime has beautiful handknit scarves, hats and gloves from Peru. We also offer delicious specialty candy from D’Lish, a non-profit organization.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? The Uptown Store offers a pleasant and welcoming shopping experience at reasonable prices for locals and visitors to enjoy. We are located in an early 1900’s home in Minturn on Main street that has an eclectic, old town feel.
We are always searching for unique furnishings and gift items, whether they are consigned or bought on my travels around the world. As merchandise is purchased there is always something new and exciting to replace it. We also have an impressive array of local artists that include beautiful prints and note cards by Carl Lindbloom, handblown glass ornaments by Stan Morris and creative handcrafted jewelry by Vicky Medall.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? Whether our customers are looking to refurnish a room, decorate a new home or looking to buy a special gift for themselves or a friend, The Uptown Store is known for an eclectic array of items at affordable prices and we’d like to keep that same philosophy. We are living in a resort town where personal assistance and communication are crucial, not only for the resort guests but for the locals alike. We try to listen to our customers and provide that one on one personal assistance to help them find exactly what they are looking for.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: Shortly after graduating college I traveled the world for a year. The experience I received has given me the opportunity to carry that through my next endeavors.
When I arrived back in the states I worked in Manhattan for Polo Ralph Lauren as a designer. After a few years of overcrowded streets, yellow cabs and honking horns I opted for the beautiful mountains of Colorado and skiing. In 1995 my husband and I opened and operated the Minturn Inn. I found great pride and joy designing and decorating the 19-room bed and breakfast.
Owning the Minturn Inn also gave me the opportunity to meet and interact with people from all over the world. The experiences I have gained through my world travels, design background and business ownership has given me the insight and opportunity to purchase The Uptown Store.