Collin Smith: What they've always wanted

Local couple moves to New Mexico, closes downtown store

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— During the past five and a half years, Mary Kay and Johnny Sherman soaked up Craig.

They watched their son, Tyler, graduate from Moffat County High School, their daughter, Ali, will soon do the same and Mary Kay's business, The Giving Tree, expanded twice.

"It's been good," Mary Kay said. "Every year has been better than the previous year."

However, the time has come, she said, for the couple to do what they've always talked about - move to New Mexico.

The Shermans plan to move this summer and sell The Giving Tree.

The inventory and building at 525 Yampa Ave., in the heart of downtown, are currently on the market through Country Living Realty, Mary Kay said.

"There are a lot of reasons," she said about the New Mexico move. "We like the architecture. We like the weather. It's where we've always wanted to end up."

As much as Craig has become their home, moving here was not charted on their original course, Mary Kay said.

Before living here, they lived on Gore Pass, near Kremmling, where Mary Kay first opened The Giving Tree.

Their home was lost in a fire, she said. A struggle with the insurance company followed, in which it appeared there would be no financial help.

The Shermans wouldn't be able to afford another home on Gore Pass, so they started looking around.

And they found Craig.

"We thought it looked like a cute, little town," Mary Kay said. "We wanted to stay in the mountains, and we wanted a place where Tyler could play hockey and we could raise the kids."

The Shermans made a life in Craig, were part of the community, with children in high school and an established storefront in the heart of downtown.

Now that their family is moving off to college, Mary Kay and Johnny decided the time was right to move on with their lives, as well, she said.

It's going to be hard for Craig to replace The Giving Tree, said Debbie Montgomery, 36, a loyal customer who recently came in for a wrist watch, though she said she already had a few from Mary Kay's selection.

Mary Kay "just has very unusual and very nice gifts," Montgomery said. "I've gotten gifts for my mom, my son, people I know; things for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries.

"It's a shame for a nice store to leave," she added, wearing her new watch out with her.

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

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