Local bookseller heats up with new products

That first cup of liquid energy is a must-have for most, but if your home-brewed Folger’s isn’t doing the trick to give you the kick you need in the morning, you can find a fancier blend in downtown Craig for a reasonable rate.

Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave., hosted the grand opening of its new espresso bar Saturday, with a sizable reception by residents looking for a warm drink.

“It was busy and we had a line about two-deep, three-deep at the counter all morning,” store owner Terry Carwile said. “We came close to running out of milk and we had to get more change for the register twice.”

Barista Josh Beadle said the biggest crowds came early in the morning, not long after the shop opened.

“Between 8 and 10 (a.m.), we must have had at least 30 people,” he said.

Carwile said his decision to start serving coffee several months ago brought out the need to broaden the drink selection even more. The store now serves piping hot items like chai teas, cappuccinos, lattes and more.

A shot of espresso runs only $1.50.

“We’re trying to be real competitive with prices, and we’ll be working with KS Kreations to do some pastries in the mornings, as well,” Carwile said.

Carwile said the equipment has been a worthy investment.

“Brand new, our machine was $7,000, and we got a good deal on a gently used one for $3,500,” he said. “It’s got an honest-to-goodness boiler in it, and it weighs over 100 pounds.

“Once we started, it has to be all wired in and everything on its own and it has to be plumbed in with a drain and water supply. It was a bit of an involved scenario getting it in, so where it is now is where it’s going to live.”

In addition to books for sale, Carwile has also brought in greeting cards, bookmarks, novelties and other accessories, located next to the coffee bar.

Since taking ownership of Downtown Books nearly a year ago, Carwile has completely changed the store’s appearance, though for the time being he plans to keep things as they are rather than make another big alteration right away.

“We’re going to see how this goes, but we’re contemplating a couple other things,” he said.

Retail store’s month-long sales available through local outlet

Although one of the largest department stores in the nation may not have an official setup in Northwest Colorado, that doesn’t mean shoppers in the region can’t still take advantage of its seasonal offers.

February is the big sales month for retailer JC Penney, and there’s still time to get in on the business’s busiest time of year without having to make the trip to Denver or elsewhere.

Furniture Connection, 1111 W. Victory Way, Ste. 106, serves as an order center for the company, stocked with Penney’s catalogs and gift cards.

JC Penney recently celebrated its 110th anniversary, part of the reason for its slew of deals this month.

Now is also the time to jump on bargains for apparel for later in the year, as seen with the sales specials “Escape Winter” and “Everything’s Coming Up Spring.”

For full details on sales prices, visit www.jcpenney.com. To learn how the staff of Furniture Connection can assist you in placing orders, call 824-2684.

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